LOOGOOTEE — The wife of deceased shooter James D. Jones said he may not have been right mentally due to medication when he shot an Indiana State Police trooper last week.
In an exclusive with the Times Herald, Alice Jones said her husband was not a drifter as previously described, but a disabled man who was acting differently following a change in medication for his Alzheimer’s disease a month before.
“Yes, he had not been himself for the past month,” Alice Jones said.
She was so concerned that she called Jones’ mother to help the disabled man, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s eight months ago, in addition to issues with chronic pancreatits, COPD and other ailments.
Alice Jones believes the medication or the Alzheimer’s created the instability in her husband.
"I just know the Alzheimer’s had something to do with it,” she said. “It can’t be proven, but he was just so out of character.”
Jones, 60, was killed following a shootout with Trooper Jarrod Lents at Black Oak Armaments on U.S. 50 near Montgomery on June 17. Lents was hit twice but did not receive any life-threatening injuries. He returned to duty this week.
Alice Jones went on to say her husband did not seem agitated or angry for any reason. The only thing that seemed odd, she said, was that on June 17 he had gone to run errands by himself.
“He never went anywhere without me,” she said. “It was unusual to go by himself.”
Jones and his wife moved to Loogootee from California in 2005, but he grew up in Missouri. Coincidentally, his father owned a gun store and he grew up around firearms.
His wife also said he had a license to carry firearms, but rarely ever did except for out-of-town appointments.