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N.J. Detectives Ambushed By Parolee Boyfriend

August 15, 2013  | 

Two Trenton (N.J.) Police detectives were shot and critically wounded by the boyfriend of a domestic violence victim while following up during an ongoing investigation at a residence.

Detectives Edgar Rios and James Letts were wounded in the Thursday morning shootout in the city's East Ward. The detectives returned fire, killing 23-year-old Eric McNeil, who had been released from state prison in May after serving three years and four months on a robbery and weapons conviction, reports the Mercer Times.

The officers remain hospitalized after surgery. Rios' wounds were more serious. He was shot multiple times in the torso and multiple organs were struck. Letts was shot in the shoulder and is expected to be released in several days, reports the Mercer Times.

The detectives went to the Hobart Avenue home at 8:43 a.m. to photograph the house as part of their investigation when they were suprised by the suspect.

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Trigger @ 8/16/2013 5:07 AM

This is why is it critical to "never" drop your guard. I was surprised by a suspect on a b&e investigation. He showed up a couple days after the incident to see if he left behind any evidence. Needless to say he saw the business end of a 9mm.

sean @ 8/16/2013 5:52 AM

Guys, even as detectives you need to wear your vests, and never let your guard down. Stay safe brothers and sisters. To Detectives Edgar Rios and James Letts, I wish you a speedy recovery.

TERRY F. ZECH @ 8/17/2013 10:11 AM

Always wear the vest especially in today's world. I go nowhere without my weapon and I am retired. Retired not dead. People don't think about the consequences anymore. Reinstate the death penalty and enforce it and I bet you see violence go down.

maddog 81 mm @ 8/17/2013 11:11 AM

Sorry these detectives were severly injured, my prayers go out to these guys n and , glad the felon bought his !! All I got to say is , N J , even with all the gun control laws , you still have convicted felons getting their hands on firearms , yet you restrict law abiding individuals from acquiring , and maintaining firearms legally. If the law can't be safe , then how do I know I'll be safe , and who is nowadays ??? LEOs keep you guard up ,

stay safe !!!

T. Anderson @ 8/19/2013 9:03 AM

What are the chances that the suspect has criminal history? We need to put bad people away and never let them out. I know, how do we pay for it; the cost of housing, feeding, medical, Rx, dental, etc. We make them pay for it and work while they, wait for it....... PAY their debt to society. Guess what else, liberals? It's not cruel and unusual punishment.

Chief R @ 8/20/2013 9:59 AM

T.Anderson, I agree with you. Prisons should be run like military Boot Camp. Reveille in the morning at 0500 "GET UP , GET OUT!", one hour of PT, breakfast, back to the cell, 10 minute shower, square the cell away, then fall out for work. 30 minute lunch then back to work. 1630, dinner then fall out for retreat at 1700, 1730 back to cell for free time. Lights out 2000.

Chief R @ 8/20/2013 10:00 AM

Oh, I forgot to add at the end "Oo Rah!"

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