CLEVELAND, OH – A grieving mother is struggling to come to terms with her son’s death.
"I was calling my son all day wondering why he wasn't answering the phone and the whole time he was dead,” said Tanya Brown.
Her son, Brandon Jones, was shot and killed by Cleveland police on Thursday.
"His birthday is five days away,” she said while fighting back tears.
The deadly encounter took place outside a corner store near Parkwood Drive and Primrose Avenue.
Police received a 911 call around 2 a.m. about a possible burglary.
When officers arrived, they were unable to get into the store, so they asked the owner to bring a key. While they were waiting, they said Jones walked out of the front door.
The officers then tried to arrest him, but a struggle ensued and one of the officers ended up shooting him.
He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
"If he's tussling with one, why couldn’t the other cop taser him or use another tactic to subdue my son? I don't understand,” said Brown.
Police said no suspect weapon was recovered. The store owner said it appears he only took some cigarettes and loose change.
Brown said she knows her son wasn’t innocent in all of this, but still feels the situation could have been handled differently.
"I'm not saying he was right in what he did, I understand that that was wrong, but your tactics are bad. They're no good,” she said. “You just taking out these boys for what? Because it's hurtful. At the end of the day those cops went home to their family and I'll never have my baby again."
Fox 8 reached out to the President of Cleveland's Police Union, and he said this was an unfortunate and tragic situation and their thoughts go out to the family of Brandon Jones. They also extend their thoughts to the officers involved in the shooting and it is still under investigation.