Detective Feris Jones is sworn by Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg as Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly holds her new, Detective
shield. Credit: Kristen Artz/Mayor's Office
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today promoted Police Officer Feris Jones to the rank of Detective after her heroic actions led to the arrest of a 19-year-old gunman who fired four times at her after robbing the patrons of a Brooklyn beauty salon where Detective Jones, off-duty, was having her hair done Saturday, October 23.
Officer Jones returned fire, wounding Winston Cox, 19, of Brooklyn. He was subsequently arrested, his 44-caliber revolver recovered in a knapsack. Officer Jones had never fired her service weapon in the line of duty before the incident.
Mayor Bloomberg said:
"Detective Jones' actions on Saturday reflect the extreme professionalism and bravery of our city's police department," said Mayor Bloomberg. "They remind us that a police officer's work is not finished at the end of the day or the end of the week. Our Finest take seriously their sworn oath to protect us, and often times it requires them to put themselves in harm's way."Â
Commissioner Kelly said:
"To describe Officer Jones as cool under fire would be an understatement. She had the presence of mind to make certain the women behind her were on the floor and out of the line of fire. She knew to do that before announcing that she was a Police Officer. In other words, she knew the gunman might shoot, and when he did, she was ready for him, demonstrating stunning marksmanship in the process."Â
"Officer Feris Jones showed the steely courage and
professionalism that epitomizes the finest traditions of the New York City