— Fredericksville Police Chief Frederick Jones has resigned, following an internal investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, according to the Fredericksburg News Post.
The News Post reports that Jones had asked to be placed on administrative leave in May, but the city council voted unanimously to fire him the following month.
The Fredericksville News Post writes that the city’s chief administrative officer, Jeff Gorman, was in charge of the investigation.
The paper reports that Gorman said he asked Jones to step down in order to make sure the department followed the law.
In a statement, Fredericksboro Mayor James Hitt, a Democrat, said, “The Fredericsville Police Department is a highly respected institution.
I am deeply saddened that Chief Jones resigned and I want to thank him for his service to the city of Fredericksburgh and his department.”
In May, the Fredericsburg News post reported that a man was shot by a Fredericks County deputy after a confrontation at a residence on the outskirts of the city.
A man in a car drove into a home on that block and opened fire, killing a 26-year-old man.
Frederic Jones and three other officers were charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Gorman said at the time that he was looking for a way to “balance the need to investigate and to uphold the highest standards of accountability for all employees.”
The department has a history of violence and a troubling history of shooting people in its ranks, and the department has not been under federal oversight for nearly a decade.
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