NJ Man Shoots Three Officers Inside Police Station

Camden County Police Officers Shot

The MSM will claim we need to ban police officers from carrying guns in 3 . . . 2 . . .

[Gloucester Township, NJ] officers responded to a residence around 1:07 a.m. for reports of a suspicious person. Eddie Jones III, a 39-year-old from Willingboro, was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Jones first identified himself as a Willingboro corrections officer, but it was later determined that he was actually a NJ State Corrections communications officer.

Jones was charged with multiple offenses, including stalking, and was then brought to the police station for processing.

At the station, Jones allegedly overpowered the female officer, identified as Ruth Burns, and was able to take possession of her secured weapon. Two other officers at the station, identified as Sgt. James Garber and Sgt. Kevin Thyne, responded, and Jones “unleashed a barrage of gunfire at the officers.”

Sergeant Thyne was shot in his duty belt causing a laceration to the stomach. He also suffered a graze wound to his chin. Officer Burns was struck in the foot by a bullet. Sergeant Garber suffered the most grievous injuries, including shots to the stomach and chest and a graze wound to his head.

Chalk this up as one of the reasons I carry my gun inside the division instead of putting it in the gun locker. The police officers downstairs buzz anyone and everyone up to our floor. They do so without checking – or even asking – is they are carrying. An incident like this is almost certain to occur in my building, and since my desk is near the front window, I’m making sure I get off my rounds.

15 thoughts on “NJ Man Shoots Three Officers Inside Police Station

  1. Ralph Short

    I saw this news on the MSM yesterday. As usual there were no details. Thanks for the details which puts it into perspective. I also agree with your position of being armed within the division given the number of whackos on the streets these days.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Ralph – I’m actually surprised it hasn’t happened in one of our districts yet. We’ve had to, um, “escort” some people out of the building, but nothing like gunfire.

    Old NFO – In fairness, they must’ve thought her hotness would disarm any man. :)

  3. loaded dice in vegas

    Chicago has no station security per the Secret Service audit which is a couple of years old. If you want to go somewhere in the station, just point to a stairway and tell the desk “detectives”. You’re then 95% of the time home free. It’s just a tragedy waiting to happen. Public relations you know.

  4. metoo

    And I just listened to the prez griping about wanting to arm some personnel at schools but no mention that his kids attend a school with armed personnel. Stay safe, Wyatt.

  5. Wyatt Earp Post author

    LDIV – Our Police HQ is in a building that is literally crumbling. We had a chance to move it to the Northeast – large property and a new building – but the bosses thought the thugs wouldn’t want to travel to the (mostly white) neighborhoods in the NE. So, the plan was scrapped. True story.

    Metoo – Not to mention the Secret Service detail his kids get. Hypocritical much?

  6. Veeshir

    Chalk this up as one of the reasons I carry my gun inside the division instead of putting it in the gun locker.

    No, no, no, no, no and no.

    You see, if you would make the police station a gun-free zone, you wouldn’t have to worry about people with guns because then it would be even more against the law to shoot a cop.

    Geez, it’s like you never read the NY Times.

  7. Jim from Hatboro

    The paper is really short on details. Wonder what type of retention holster they use over in Gloucester – but if the perp was a corrections officer (even a corrections communication officer, whatever that is) he may know about retention holsters. Tough lesson for the rookie cop but I wouldn’t lay blame on her being smaller than the perp – lots of small cops, female or not, can beat the shiz out of guys more than twice their size, including my 105-pound niece. It comes down to training and attitude.

  8. Bob G.

    Wyatt:
    Bet that wouldn’t have happened if the officer had a level III retention holster…
    I’m just sayin’.

    Stay safe (and ARMED) out there.

  9. Deputy Polarbear

    WHY IN THE FRACK was she in a secured area (IE: the frakking BOOKING area) with a firearm in the first Goddamn place??!!!

    Why was she booking this guy by herself?

    Heads would be rolling out here in LA for a fiasco like this….starting with hers, and whoever the supervisor in charge of the shift at the time

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