Parties turn violent

Published 9:35 pm Monday, November 14, 2011

Parties in Suffolk kept the region’s air ambulance service busy this weekend.

Two difference incidents on Saturday — one early in the morning and one that night — required the use of Nightingale after parties turned violent.

The first incident happened about 3:43 a.m. on Saturday. Officers were dispatched to a call of shots fired in the 300 block of Kilby Avenue.

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Upon arrival, they found James Timmons lying in the roadway in the 500 block of Kilby. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Timmons told officers he was at a party in the 400 block of Kilby when he was shot. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was asked to leave the party after allegedly being involved in a disturbance with other attendees, city spokeswoman Debbie George said. He left, but allegedly returned about 25 to 30 minutes later and shot the victim three or four times.

The victim provided a description of the suspect, and a man fitting that description was located a short distance away in the 400 block of Wellons Street.

The man, Demetrius Jones, 27, was arrested and charged with drunk in public, possession of a concealed weapon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm within an occupied building.

Timmons was flown via Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, but had been discharged by Monday.

Also on Saturday, about 9:30 p.m., a stabbing victim, Joseph Lee Jones, was brought to the emergency room at Sentara Obici Hospital with a stab wound to his upper back that had punctured a lung. He told police he had been at a party on Great Fork Road, near Whaleyville, when he was stabbed.

He was flown via Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was listed in good condition Monday and was getting ready to be discharged, according to a Sentara spokeswoman.

Benjamin Alexander Copeland, 20, of the 8700 block of Whaleyville Boulevard, was arrested in that incident and charged with malicious wounding and stabbing in commission of a felony.