Parents speak after son fatally shot by police during robbery - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Parents speak after son fatally shot by police during robbery

Brandon Jones was fatally shot by police after robbing a corner grocery store on Cleveland's east side. (Source: Family) Brandon Jones was fatally shot by police after robbing a corner grocery store on Cleveland's east side. (Source: Family)
Brandon's parents don't believe he should have been shot dead. (Source: WOIO) Brandon's parents don't believe he should have been shot dead. (Source: WOIO)
A memorial grows for Brandon outside the store. (Source: WOIO) A memorial grows for Brandon outside the store. (Source: WOIO)

A mother and father want answers to why their son was shot and killed by Cleveland Police, even though they know he was robbing a corner grocery store. Still, his parents are now asking, when was the death penalty a sentence for breaking and entering?

Clarence Jones says his 18-year-old son's choice to rob the store was clearly wrong.

"I would like to apologize to the store that he broke into. If my son was here today, I know my son would apologize to that man for what he did," said Jones. 

Brandon's father is speaking publicly for the first time to 19 Action News investigative reporter Scott Taylor, and says so far he and his wife, Tanya Brown, haven't received any answers from the city.

"Give me some answers, man. Get these people right. The people you got protecting the city -- they are too aggressive," Jones said, addressing Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. 

Taylor tracked down the witness at the scene who called 911. She says Cleveland Police never should have shot Brandon.

Witness: "The only scuffle is when he first came out the door. They charged him. They got him. They were standing there talking." 

Taylor: "How long were they standing there talking until they shot him?" 

Witness: "At least 4 to 5 minutes." 

Brandon's mother wants to know why a trained police officer would shoot an unarmed robbery suspect.

"My son was unarmed. I don't feel like he should have been shot dead. To me, I feel like my son was murdered," said Brown.

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