Confusion, shootout when NJ troopers respond to wrong 911 location

- A South Jersey man is in critical but stable condition after exchanging gunfire with state troopers who responded to a 911 call but at the wrong location.

State police say the incident happened late Friday night in Upper Deerfield Township, Cumberland County, and began with a 911 call.

The caller hung up before providing an address, but state police responded to a home on the 300 block of Centerton Road where the call appeared to have come from, "so that officers could check on the well-being of the caller," according to the state attorney's office.

When they got there and shined flashlights into the home, the state attorney's office said, "There was an exchange of gunfire through the sliding glass door in which one of the troopers fired four rounds from his service 9mm handgun and Gerald Sykes fired a single round from a shotgun."

One trooper fired four rounds from his handgun, hitting Sykes, 76.

Diana LaFalce told FOX 29 News her stepfather was the one shot. She received a phone call from her mother that he'd been shot through his back door.

According to LaFalce, he was taken to Cooper Hospital in critical condition.

One of the troopers suffered a graze wound from the shotgun or from flying glass from the shotgun blast. Both troopers were taken to the hospital and then released.

It was later determined the location of the 911 call was incorrect.

The state attorney general's office's office reports its Shooting Response Team is investigating.

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