A neighbor said he heard a car crash, then police commands, then two shots fired. One man was treated for a non-fatal gunshot wound to his lower extremity, and charged on an outstanding warrant.
By Matt Skoufalos | October 29, 2016
A traffic incident at the intersection of Routes 130 and 168 in Camden apparently ended with one man shot and wounded by a Haddon Township police officer.
According to a statement from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO), the encounter was precipitated by a traffic stop around 9:41 a.m. Saturday.
While the officer attempted to identify the driver, described only as an adult male in his thirties, the man allegedly crashed his car into a parked car.
“A brief struggle between the officer and driver ensued, and the driver of the vehicle was shot once in the lower extremity,” the statement reads. The man was treated and discharged at Cooper Medical Center; he was also arrested for unrelated charges on an outstanding warrant.
Neighbors said they heard things unfold just after 10 a.m. Saturday just outside the Independence Village apartment complex.
Brennan Robinson, 20, heard a car crash, and observed an officer confronting the driver of a Ford pickup truck that had apparently collided with a parked car on Alabama Avenue.
“The cop was pointing a gun at him, saying, ‘Get down!'” Robinson said. “They were tussling.”
Robinson didn’t see what happened next, but said he heard two shots fired. Not long after, he said, an ambulance appeared on the scene, and the man was evacuated.
Other observers said the man appeared to have been conscious when he was transported from the scene.
Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the individual.
By 11:30 a.m., officers from the Camden County, Haddon Township, and Oaklyn Police were on the scene, as were investigators from the prosecutor’s office.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident and according to the state attorney general guidelines governing use of deadly force by law enforcement, the CCPO said in a statement.
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