Marine shot by police after having flashback is laid to rest

Former Marine shot by police after having flashback is laid to rest

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Silently the U.S. flag was folded in his honor. The flag was given to Jones' widow. Silently the U.S. flag was folded in his honor. The flag was given to Jones' widow.
Jones received full military funeral honors. Jones received full military funeral honors.
"In his own letters to us, he wrote he wondered if he was a warrior, what was it like when he would finally get his rest and I think today he finally got it," said his sister, Stephanie Kirk. "In his own letters to us, he wrote he wondered if he was a warrior, what was it like when he would finally get his rest and I think today he finally got it," said his sister, Stephanie Kirk.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A former marine and war veteran killed by police during a shootout in Maryville was laid to rest Friday.

Theodore Jones IV, 27, was shot multiple times by police back on March 21. His family says he suffered from PTSD and was having a war flashback when he was killed.

Police say Jones fired multiple times at a car driving down the road, then he shot at police cruiser and then a police officer. Jones allegedly refused police orders to drop his gun that's when officers say they had no choice but to use lethal force.

The funeral was at Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery on John Sevier Highway with close friends and family in attendance.

Jones received full military funeral honors for being a veteran who has defended our nation.

For Stephanie Kirk, the sister of Jones, the funeral means her brother has now found peace.

"In his own letters to us, he wrote he wondered if he was a warrior, what was it like when he would finally get his rest and I think today he finally got it," said Kirk.

Jones was an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and former Marine out of Camp Lejeune. Kirk says her brother suffered from service-related post-traumatic stress disorder.

"He would have nightmares at night and would scream and we would try to calm him," said Kirk.

Kirk says the night her brother started shooting at a stranger's car and law enforcement, he was suffering from a flashback. She hopes others who are suffering from PTSD seek treatment.

"If you have someone who's suffering like TJ did, it doesn't make you a bad person to ask for help and it doesn't make you any less of a Marine or whatever branch that you are in," said Kirk.

In a show of support, the Patriot Guard was in attendance. Grieving family members and friends paid their final respects. A live bugler played taps. Silently the U.S. flag was folded in his honor. The flag was given to Jones' widow.

Kirk says her brother will be missed by many.

"He leaves behind a beautiful 18-month-old baby who asks for him every night and a wife and she's pregnant with a girl and we found out the day after," said Kirk.

Family has set up a Facebook memorial page for Jones. They are asking for people who knew him to post stories and pictures. The family is putting together a story book for his children. They says they'll also use the page to raise awareness of PTSD.

Jones' sister Stephanie Kirk says soon she will release her brothers PTSD records and text messages from the night of the flashback.

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