Three police officers wounded in N.J.; suspect killed


GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Three Gloucester Township officers were injured Friday morning and a suspect killed in a shooting inside the department’s headquarters, authorities said.

Deputy Chief David Harkins said the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. PST when a person under arrest in a domestic violence case was being processed at the station.

“He got into a violent confrontation with the officers” and obtained a firearm, Harkins said.

Two of the officers were treated for minor abrasions from gunshot wounds and discharged from Cooper University Hospital, said spokeswoman Lori Shaffer. The third is in stable condition following surgery. She did not have any further information at this time.

The officers returned fire and the suspect was killed at the police station.

The wounded officers were two sergeants and a rookie patrol officer, a source said. Police have not yet released the officers’ names.

“They leave their homes each and every day to protect our families,” said Gloucester Mayor David Mayer, “and certainly today we are with their families at this very difficult time.”

Harkins did not release the suspect’s name or say how he got a gun.