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* Derrick Jones was shot and killed by Oakland police in confrontation

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A man who was shot and killed in a confrontation with Oakland police Monday night was described in contrasting terms today, with police saying he was a violent parolee with a long criminal record and family members and friends saying he was a caring man who wouldn’t have carried a weapon. Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Israel said 37-year-old Derrick Jones was shot when officers responded to reports that he was assaulting a woman at a laundromat in the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Speaking to reporters in a conference room on the ninth floor of police headquarters, Israel said Jones choked and beat the woman in an attempt to kill her and fled when police responded to the alleged attack.  Two officers found Jones nearby in the 5800 block of Trask Street and repeatedly ordered him to put his hands up and surrender, Israel said. But he said Jones instead grabbed at his waistband, consistent with reaching for a weapon, and one officer spotted a metal object in his hand. The two officers then shot Jones, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Israel said. He said it still wasn’t clear today if Jones had been armed or if the metal object was recovered. Israel said at least one the officers fired a Taser stun gun at Jones before they fired their service guns, but the Taser didn’t hit him. He said Jones was on parole for a gun violation and was previously arrested on charges related to illegal drugs, domestic violence and resisting arrest. Israel said the nature of the relationship between Jones and the woman he was arguing with is under investigation. He said the woman was injured but he didn’t provide details. In the first-floor lobby at police headquarters, 37-year-old Mario Hodge, who said he’s known Jones since junior high school and considered him his best friend, said, “The Derrick I knew would never carry a weapon.” He described him as “a very caring brother who had a young daughter and was just a joy to be around.” “I think he was murdered,” Hodge said, adding that the officers who shot him should be prosecuted.    Jones’ uncle, Sammy Jones, who is an evangelist at the Church of Christ on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, said his nephew was working at the barber shop he owned in the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue next to the  laundromat when the woman came inside and started arguing with him. Sammy Jones said Derrick Jones had had a previous relationship with the woman but was married to someone else, who was the mother of his young daughter. Sammy Jones said the woman called police, and “Derrick decided to get away. ” He said the details of the incident were “a little fuzzy.”  “I don’t have enough information,” he said. But Sammy Jones said his nephew was “a very docile and humble guy,” and there was no history of domestic violence in his family. Charles Jones, who is Derrick Jones’ cousin, said he thinks his cousin was “wrongly murdered” and said his death was not justified. Maurice Jones, another cousin, called the shooting “outrageous” and said he’s been told that Derrick Jones was shot six times in the back. Israel didn’t provide details about how many times Jones was shot or where he was struck. “We can’t seem to stop police from killing black people,” Hodge said. 
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