Prosecutors: Off Duty Officer Shoots Neighbor Mistaken For Burg - New York News

Prosecutors: Off Duty Officer Shoots Neighbor Mistaken For Burglar

Posted: Updated:
CAMDEN, N.J. -

The sound of two gunshots sent Mary Cortes clamoring for cover.

When she opened the door of her Camden home she witnessed  the aftermath of a  shooting just two  doors down.

"We saw them on the balcony taking care of someone hurt, "

That shooting victim,  likely a  caretaker of a  21-year-old man

with autism she's known for years.

Prosecutors say both men were shot by the 21-year-old  man's--neighbor.

An off duty Camden policeman.

Authorities say the off-duty officer thought he was being burglarized when the man with autism started banging on his door that somehow opened up.

"He should look before he's trigger happy," said neighbor Abe Gonzalez. "You don't pull out
your gun and shoot somebody."

Throughout the night investigators rotated in and out of the house on the 2800 block of Arthur trying to piece together what happened.

According to longtime friends, the door knocks were an innocent game the 21-year-old 

had played before.

"He should have asked what's going on," said Eli Martinez, a friend of the 21-year-old shooting victim. "I mean this has happened before but to shoot is unacceptable."

"He's mentally 2 or 3 years old," explained Mary Cortes when asked if the young man had gone door knocking before. "They'll do things like that."

The officer has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:00:15 GMT
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. 
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. 
  • More Comfortable

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:39:28 GMT

    Cooler and drier air moves in today but the heat and humidity return for the second half of the holiday weekend.

    A cold front came through last night meaning cooler, less humid air is moving in for Thursday.  Mostly sunny skies and winds gusting to 25mph are also expected today.  Friday starts off very cool and also features a pleasant afternoon.

     The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

  • 8 piping plover chicks fledged in Del. state park

    8 piping plover chicks fledged in Del. state park

    Wildlife officials say eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
    Wildlife officials say eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Report: Joan Rivers stops breathing during surgery

    Report: Joan Rivers stops breathing during surgery

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:21:54 GMT
    Joan Rivers was reportedly rushed to a hospital in New York City Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery.  TMZ reports that Rivers was undergoing the throat procedure in a clinic when she stopped breathing.
    Joan Rivers was reportedly rushed to a hospital in New York City Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery.  TMZ reports that Rivers was undergoing the throat procedure in a clinic when she stopped breathing.
  • Report: Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest

    Report: Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:13:32 GMT
    Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., has been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
    Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., has been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
  • RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:09:22 GMT
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices