'Brave' officer has 'long recovery ahead' after being shot in deadly Deptford shooting
DEPTFORD, N.J. - A police officer is recovering after being struck in a shooting that left a suspect dead Friday afternoon in Deptford, according to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
Investigators say the shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. in the area of Doman Avenue, a dead-end road located within a neighborhood, after a pedestrian stop escalated into a foot pursuit, struggle then shooting.
The officer was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and was later placed in stable condition, according to the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association.
The suspect, identified by officials as 24-year-old Mitchell Negron, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I come out, I see the officer laying on the floor, and the suspect was on the other side," a neighbor who wished to not be identified said. "That’s when all the officers came, there was like 30 of them rushed in, and they threw the officer inside a truck to rush him to the hospital."
A neighbor described to FOX 29's Jennifer Lee footage of the incident captured by his doorbell camera that is now being reviewed by police.
"Just saw [the suspect] running, holding his waist, running down the street, holding his waist, you could tell something was going on there because it was dark," Danny Howell said. "Apparently [the suspect] was injured or whatever was going on."
"It’s very shocking and so sad that this was so close to home," said Nancy Cockerill.
The NJSPBA posted an update Saturday morning saying that the 4-year veteran officer, identified as Robert "Bobby" Shisler, is still at the hospital, and had a "long recovery" ahead of him.
"This brave 4-year veteran was in the fight of his life yesterday. He suffered critical life-threatening injuries."
"And to his family. I hope he gets better and I hope he’s doing all right," said a neighbor.
A GoFundMe set-up by the Deptford Police Family Group has raised nearly $70,000 to support the wounded officer and his family.