One New Jersey state trooper was shot in the leg after a man was arrested in South Carolina on charges of opening fire on the officers.
The Paterson police have arrested 28-year-old Jocquise R. Timmons on multiple charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, weapon possession, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended Timmons in South Carolina.
Two New Jersey state troopers were on the scene of an attempted break-in at a residence on East 26th Street and 9th Avenue at around 1 a.m. on Thursday. The troopers were ambushed by Timmons as they tried to pursue a vehicle they believed was involved in the break-in. Timmons emerged from hiding behind a parked car, took up a shooting stance, and opened fire on the unmarked police cars. One of the troopers was shot in the leg, and bullets hit both vehicles.
An operation was performed on the injured trooper at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
“Each and every day our New Jersey Troopers put their lives on the line to keep New Jerseyans safe from gun violence, but yesterday one of our own fell victim to the very crime he was working to prevent,” said New Jersey attorney general Matthew Platkin.
Platkin expressed appreciation to the U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance in the arrest.
Timmons has been arrested and is being held pending extradition to New Jersey.
The lives of our soldiers and the people of Paterson were endangered by the brazen ambush attack. “This is an attack on all of us,” said New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan. I’d like to thank the state troopers, detectives, and law enforcement partners from all over the world who worked so hard to bring Timmons to justice.