2 officers hurt in NJ station shooting released

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm •  Published: December 29, 2012
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GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two of three police officers shot and wounded by an arrested man inside a police station have been released from a hospital.

The third officer, Sgt. James Garber, who underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, remained hospitalized in stable condition Saturday. Officials said Garber might be released as early as Sunday but no timetable had been set.

The shooting occurred early Friday inside a station in Gloucester Township, a Philadelphia suburb.

Authorities said the arrested man, Eddie Jones III, overpowered and disarmed Officer Ruth Burns after his handcuffs were removed during processing. They said Jones then fired multiple times at Burns and two other officers, Garber and Sgt. Kevin Thine, who had been in a nearby room and went to help her.

Garber and Thine returned fire on Jones, a state Department of Corrections civilian employee who had been accused of stalking a former girlfriend, police said.

Jones, of Willingboro, had been taken back to police headquarters in handcuffs, and when the cuffs were removed for a brief period during processing, he lunged at Burns, knocking her down and taking her weapon, police Chief Harry Earle said. He "unleashed a barrage of gunfire" at the officers, Earle said.

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