ATLANTIC CITY , NJ UPDATE According to the Press of Atlantic City,  A Police officer was shot and is in a critical condition after he was gunshot  on Saturday morning at Caesars casino parking garage around 2:30 a.m. after two uniformed Police Officers on patrol encountered three men trying to rob three others near Caesars Atlantic City casino on Arkansas Avenue which is a known to be a popular tourist destination.

The Police officers observed a group of 6 males. Just when one of the Police Officers exited the vehicle, he was immediately shot and injured.  In retaliation, the second police officer shot one of the suspects and the remaining two fled the scene. The injured suspect was identified as Jerome Damon, 25, of Camden . He was located approximately 1½ blocks away, on Missouri and Pacific Avenues, collapsed and deceased. This shooting happened between 2:30 and 4:00 a.m.

According to philly.com, the Officer was immediately rushed to the nearby Atlanticare Regional Medical Center to undergo a surgery on Saturday morning.  The Press quoted a union delegate who reported that the officer has shown a slight improvement in his condition.  The Officer’s identity is not yet released. The Atlantic Police released surveillance video of possible suspects during the day.

Later, the Police Officers arrested two men on Saturday night in connection with the shooting.  Atlantic City Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said “the 2 persons of interest sought by law enforcement have been located and identified”. They were Martell Chisholm, 19, of Millville, New Jersey and Demetrius Cross, 28, of Bridgeton, in Cumberland County. Each was being held on two counts of attempted murder, three counts of robbery and weapons offenses. It was not immediately known if they were represented by any Attorney.

Earlier The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association offered a $20,000 reward for information on the suspects. The department had released a video late Saturday afternoon showing six men and said they were “persons of interest” in the case and sought public’s help in identifying them.  The alleged suspects were walking along a sidewalk in two separate groups of three people.

“The men and women of ACPBA are very appreciative of everybody that took part in the investigation process yesterday,” Bennett said. “It was truly amazing to see everybody coming and working together.”

Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Ruberton said, “These charges are the result of an extraordinary effort by law enforcement from local, county, state and federal agencies who worked tirelessly throughout the day to identify and locate the suspects”. As per Attorney General Directive, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office led the officer involved shooting investigation. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office along with the Atlantic City Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Atlantic City Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and law enforcement partners in Cumberland County, coordinated investigative efforts with assistance from the public to locate and arrest the suspects.

“Our hearts are heavy at this hour, but our resolve to capture these suspects remains undeterred,” said New Jersey State PBA President Patrick Colligan.

“It’s a sad commentary on society,” said Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian. “These are good examples of what happens when too many of these assault weapons are in the wrong hands.”

We from “LET” pray for the recovery of the wounded Officer and ask you to do the same!

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic City Police Department Fackbook Page