"His parents are not here right now, they are meeting with police as we speak," she said. "The police have been exceptional. They came and took his parents and wife to the hospital. Police are like a family of their own. They take care of each other."
Jones had long wanted to be a firefighter, but ended up a policeman, Pam Jones said.
"He's always been a public servant. That's just the type of person he was," she said. "He graduated high school one day and left for the Marines the next."
Jones was in the Marine Corps for five years, she said. As a member of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he helped secure Kandahar airport in Afghanistan shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.
According to a Marine Web site, 80 infantry Marines from the 26th MEU flew into Kabul to secure the U.S. embassy shortly before Christmas in 2001.
The embassy reopened a short time later.
Jones' family still lives in Big Chimney, where he grew up, though he lived in Charleston, Pam Jones said.
He met his wife Samantha at Elkview Baptist Church, which they both attended, she said. One of his friends had dated her and, before he asked her out, Jerry asked the friend if it was OK.
"That's just the kind of person he was," she said.
The two didn't have children. They were waiting until Samantha finished dental hygienist school for that, Pam Jones said. They did have a dog, a golden retriever named Cooper, she said.
Pam Jones said other family members would probably want to talk after meeting with police but when called back later, all declined.
Markings made by police show the area near a gravel lot where Charleston Police Officer Jerry Jones was shot and killed early Sunday morning. An unnamed suspect, who was ramming police cars, also was killed.
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster (left) and Mayor Danny Jones hold a news conference Sunday evening to discuss the friendly fire incident that led to the death of Charleston Patrolman Jerry Jones. Webster said Jones was apparently shot by another Charleston police officer who was trying to stop a man from ramming his car into police vehicles.
Another view of the gravel lot on Quick Road where Charleston Police Officer Jerry Jones was killed.
A black ribbon drapes the entrance to the Charleston City Building in memory of Patrolman Jerry Jones, who was shot and killed in a friendly fire incident Sunday.
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