Gloucester Twp. Mayor Releases Statement on Police Station Shooting

Mayor David Mayer speaks on Friday morning's shooting incident that left three Gloucester Township police officers injured and the alleged shooter dead.

Mayor David Mayer issued an audio statement via YouTube at around 11:40 a.m. regarding gunfire inside Gloucester Township police station Friday morning.

The shooting incident left three police officers injured. The alleged shooter, who has not yet been identified, was killed by police, Camden County Prosecutor's Office Capt. Mark Nicholas confirmed.

"All police operations are functioning as normal and calls for service are not being affected," Mayer said in the statement. "Certainly our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and their families at this time."

Mayer asked that citizens only call the police department for normal calls for service or emergencies in the wake of the shooting incident.

K.P. December 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Your press conference is meaningless and the young kids you've hired are bought and paid for with new cars and workers comp claims. Your behind a lot of dirt in this town and people in high places are now aware of it.
Concerned December 30, 2012 at 01:22 PM
How is the mayor responsible for some jerk from willingboro shooting up a police station? Your hostility is misplaced and disturbing.
Mary Gushue December 30, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Excellant Job ! gloucester twp Police Did. One thing should change Two Officers should be Present when booking & finger printing a NUT JOB. Mayor Mayor Please make some changes on how Nut;'s Jobs are Processed. God Bless the Police who put there lives on the line every day
Officer Mason December 30, 2012 at 08:46 PM
A little advise to you Mayor and your Police Department. Sorry to all the souls affected that day. What's most important is that you hire police officers that are polished and professional. These are all young kids who really made a big mess and cost a mans life and it could have all been avoided. This was not a victory, it was a tragedy to the township. Being a leader is being responsible, not petty and immature. It is not about being cocky and being a bully and holding onto anger. Sooner or later you will fall and those you tried to destroy will rise in your place. This is a fact. Here is some times you may want to share with your entire police force before handing out gold medals that should remain on hold.
Officer Mason December 30, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Rookie police officers are supposed to make mistakes. It’s all part of the learning process. If you are fresh out of the Police Academy and are worried about making mistakes once you are on your own, here’s a list of ways to avoid the most common rookie mistakes. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Most of the situations you will find yourself in will not be as they were describe in Police Academy, so it is very important that you use your best judgment in deciding how to respond. Listen to and respect the police officers who have more experience than you do. They have been on the street much longer than you have, and have street smarts that you can learn from. Don’t take things too personally. You will make mistakes and you will be criticized, but you can learn from these experiences by making the most of them and not letting them get you down. Do NOT drive recklessly. The number one cause of death for law enforcement officers is car accidents, so slow down and wear your seat belt. Do not rush into things. If you move too quickly you can escalate a situation unnecessarily.
Officer Mason December 30, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Take everything in stride. Know your surroundings. You need to know your way around the city you work in so you can get around, but also so you can tell dispatchers where you are in case you need backup. Ask appropriate questions and always get the necessary facts. Never jump to conclusions! Think carefully before you speak so that you do not offend anyone; whether it be a citizen, suspect, supervisor, or fellow officer. Always remember that your job is to help people, not to be a jerk. Do not bust people for the sake of busting people. Remember your family. Healthy family relationships are the key to relieving work-related stress. Don’t be cocky! Don’t think policing is what you see in the movies, on TV, or in video games. It’s not!
Officer Mason December 30, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Mayor, your chief of police and deputy need to rethink. Your actions have been unethical on many levels and this is what part of this investigation will reveal.
Paul J. DiBartolo December 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Here's the thing, Mary; what you are suggesting is reactive rather than proactive. I believe it is protocol in most places that when handling a suspect in a police station, especially when that suspect will be un-cuffed, the attending officer surrenders his or her sidearm. Obvious to the most casual observer after the fact. The question now is where do we go from here?
Megatron13 December 31, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Some how everyone is responsible for this incident except for the criminal who commit the crime. We wonder why society is the way it is these day........
Paul J. DiBartolo December 31, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Not really. The suspect who grabbed the officer's gun and died in the ensuing struggle shoulders the blame for what happened. However, could it have been avoided yielding a jailed suspect and three healthy police officers rather than the disaster that occurred? Consider the outcome if... 1. The processing female officer had not been alone with the suspect... 2. The processing female officer did not have her sidearm in the processing room where she was alone with the suspect... 3. The suspect had not had his restraints removed while alone in the processing room with the female processing officer with a sidearm that was wrestled from her from that unrestrained suspect... No, the suspect was lost his life due to his own foolish actions and three officers were also wounded in the ensuing melee but, make no mistake, there are some questions that need to be answered.


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