Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox has reported that one of his deputies died in his car after driving to the Warsaw WalMart last night.

At approximately 8:06 p.m. Thursday night, Benton County Central Dispatch was notified of an un-responsive male in the parking lot of Walmart.

“I am sad to report it was our own Cpl. David Jones of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the caller was his wife. Dave, a resident of Warsaw, drove the short distance from his residence to Walmart but did not return home. After over an hour and a half passing, Mrs. Jones went to look for Dave and found him in his vehicle, he never made it into the store. No foul play was involved, his passing was of natural causes,” Knox said in a facebook post just after midnight.

Cpl. Jones was 65, with a birthday coming next month, had over 40 years in law enforcement with 17 of those years as Warsaw’s Chief of Police.

“Dave loved his work, his community and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement and his family. Law enforcement was his life, he will be missed beyond words,” Sheriff Knox said.

“If you would like to help Dave’s family in their time of need, please feel free to visit the Friends of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office website ( and hit the donate button or send your donation to 27214 OO Hwy Warsaw, MO 65355,” the post concluded.

Police Chief David Jones retired Dec. 22, 2017 after more than 40 years with the Warsaw Police Department.

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