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Suspect Opens Fire In N.J. Station, Wounds 3 Officers

December 28, 2012  | 

Screenshot via ABC News.
Screenshot via ABC News.

A man who was arrested for stalking a former girlfriend overpowered a Gloucester Township (N.J.) Police officer during processing Friday morning and shot three officers inside the station before he was shot and killed.

The attack occurred after Eddie Jones III, a New Jersey Department of Correction civilian communications employee, punched Officer Ruth Burns and grabbed her gun. Jones' handcuffs had been removed for processing, reports the South Jersey Times.

Sgt. James Garber, a 13-year veteran, and Sgt. Kevin Thyne, an eight-year veteran, responded to assist Officer Burns, who has served the department for one year.

Jones opened fire, striking Sgt. Garber several times, including in the chest and abdomen below his body armor. The other officers sustained graze wounds.

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HJF @ 12/28/2012 2:42 PM

3 trained officers, and he still got her weapon. And they want to arm teachers? I'm glad i don't have kids, or grandkids in those states.

gp cobb @ 12/31/2012 4:18 PM

HJF, ineptness indeed eh?

Bud Chapman @ 12/31/2012 4:44 PM

I can't help but wonder what the hell is happening in our society, that makes these type of people think they can take the life's of police officers. However the officer (Burns) I think should have had more than herself while booking this (Turkey). I myself am not a police officer nor have I ever been one, but at 68 yrs old I was always taught to respect our cops!

Bud Chapman @ 12/31/2012 4:45 PM

By the way, I am from Salem County in New Jersey and don't like to hear about this type of incident happening in my State (New Jersey)!

[email protected] @ 12/31/2012 5:43 PM

hjf: don't see the connection. Myself, the female Officer should not have been (A) Armed, (B) By herself. Is the Booking Area open? Was there not a Booking Officer on duty? Glad that all the good guys are alright and still with us. Be safe.

Tom Ret @ 12/31/2012 9:31 PM

This may have happened due to an inexperienced officer with little to no street savvy who found out that this was anything but a routine call and processing. Normally, I would think the subject should be uncuffed in jail in a controlled environment after the officer locks away their sidearms but I wasn't there and this PD may have different procedures.

BW @ 12/31/2012 11:34 PM

This is why weapons aren't allowed in our booking room.

Dan @ 1/1/2013 12:01 PM

That was my first thought. Why are there firearms inside the jail/booking area? I work in L/E in Southern CA and our search and uncuff area of our jail does not allow any weapons. No firearms, no ASP, no Taser, no knives. Only the jail staff are allowed to have a taser on them. And the arresting officer does not search or uncuff their arrestee. The jail staff does it. I am glad to hear they are all okay.

John @ 1/1/2013 1:11 PM

Just because a l.e.o. is trained doesn't mean they can't become complacent. Nor, does this mean their agency will require following well established procedures.

There is often an elitist attitude among liberals that only the police should be armed. The police can't be everyone at once. Therefore,
why shouldn't select school staff or unpaid volunteers (after training) be armed? Based on the above article, I'm sure alot of armed school staff or volunteers would exhibit better safety judgement than some officers. Additionally, some school staff (p.e. teachers and wrestling coaches) are in better physical shape than alot of officers.

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