Octavio Jones, Photographer

Octavio Jones


My hometown is Washington D.C. though I also call North Carolina my second one as well. I began my journey in journalism by freelancing at two weekly newspapers, Que Pasa Noticias (News) and the Triangle Tribune in the Raleigh-Durham area while working full-time as a Human Resources Specialist. Prior to arriving at the Tampa Bay Times in 2011 I’ve held internships at the The Herald Sun, The Florida Times-Union and was a staff photojournalist at The Fayetteville Observer.

Clearwater police: Suspect in officer-involved shooting dies; investigation underway

The Clearwater Police Department said Bryan Bernard Wallace, 39, of Clearwater, was shot by police Saturday near the residence at 1008 LaSalle St. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
"In fear for their own safety and the safety of others in the area, the two officers then fired their weapons," a department release said.

Photos: Jane Castor, former police chief, sworn in as Tampa’s 59th mayor

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Tampa Bay TimesMayor Jane Castor smiles with her partner Ana Cruz and her son Seely while Sergei Bevan and federal Judge Mary Scriven looks on during oath of office ceremony held at Armature Works in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Former Police Chief Jane Castor is sworn in as Tampa’s newest mayor during a ceremony at Armature Works on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Castor is the first openly gay elected mayor in Tampa’s history.

Photos: Notre Dame takes on Baylor for the Women’s NCAA Tournament national championship

The Baylor Lady Bears celebrate a late basket during the final minutes against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Women's NCAA championship game Monday, April 7, 2019 in Tampa. The Baylor Lady Bears won 82-81. [ALLIE GOULDING  |   Times]
The Lady Bears defeated the Fighting Irish 82-81 for the Women’s NCAA national championship.

Photos: Baylor and Oregon face off for first semifinal of NCAA Women’s Final Four

Baylor defeated Oregon 72-67 and will play the winner between Notre Dame and UConn Sunday in the final.

Photo Gallery: The USF Bulls defeat the DePaul Blue Demons in Game 1 of the College Basketball Invitational.

USF Bulls celebrate piling on guard David Collins (0) for making the game winning basket to beat the DePaul Blue Demons at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida on Monday, April 1, 2019. The USF Bulls defeated the DePaul Blue Demons 63-61.