Camden Murder Suspect Allegedly Tried to Hide Firearm in Police Patrol Vehicle
A Camden County police officer recently discovered a possible murder weapon in the back of his patrol vehicle.
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office made an announcement about the discovery. According to officials, the Camden County cop found a 9mm Taurus Millennium Pro handgun in the back of his police patrol car sometime after responding to a homicide in the Bergen Square area of Camden, NJ. That homicide involved the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man around 8:30 p.m. on March 1, 2017. The victim was seated in a parked car and suffered a gunshot wound to his chest. After being struck by the gunfire, the victim tried to drive away but did not get very far – he crashed into another vehicle parked on the side of the street.
Police officers went to the area after receiving a report of gunshots being fired along 5th Street. Camden County cops saw a car speeding away and managed to stop it a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting. The homicide suspect, a 24-year-old Woodlynne NJ man, was reportedly driving the motor vehicle. Police detained the suspect, in addition to the three vehicle passengers, and subsequently brought them to Camden County police headquarters. After questioning the suspect and the other individuals, police released all of the men because there was no evidence linking them to the homicide.
Police Find Handgun, Arrest Camden NJ Homicide Suspect
Police later found the handgun stashed in the backseat of one of the patrol cars used to transport the suspect. Detectives subsequently sent the firearm to a New Jersey State Police laboratory for ballistics testing. The lab tests reportedly indicated that the handgun was used in the fatal shooting. Police were also able to connect the gun to the shooting because crime scene investigators found a 9mm shell casing near the victim’s body. Authorities believe that the suspect walked up to the victim’s car and shot him at close range.
Armed with the new evidence, police obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect. Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force later captured the suspect in Camden, NJ. Now the suspect is in custody at the Camden County Jail, where he will likely remain held without bail until the criminal matter is resolved. If the suspect is ultimately convicted on first degree murder charges, he could potentially be sentenced to life imprisonment in NJ State Prison.
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