After reportedly shooting two New Jersey State Troopers on duty and wounding one of them, a suspect from New Jersey was detained on Friday. U.S. Marshals detained 28-year-old Jocquise R. Timmons on Friday in South Carolina while he awaits extradition.
He is accused of two counts of first-degree attempted murder, four counts of second and third-degree aggravated assault, and one count each of unauthorized weapon possession and possession in furtherance of an unlawful purpose.
“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,” Attorney General Platkin said at a news conference Friday afternoon.
“Today, thanks to the tireless efforts of his colleagues, we announce the arrest of Jocquise Timmons, who is charged with the ambush and attempted murder of two New Jersey State Troopers as they performed their duty to protect and serve the residents of Paterson.”
Timmons ambushed two troopers operating unmarked vehicles just before 1 am on Thursday in Paterson’s East 26th Street and 9th Avenue. One of the troopers was injured in the leg, and rounds hit both trucks.
Hours before the shooting, the troopers looked into an attempted home invasion on East 26th Street. One of the suspects in the attempted break-in was Timmons.
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Surveillance video from a fixed residential location near E 26th St and 9th Ave showed a person, later identified as Timmons jumping out from behind a parked car and opening fire on the officers’ vehicles as they attempted to follow a vehicle they thought might have been involved in the attempted break-in.
“The brazen ambush attack on our troopers put their lives at risk and the lives of Paterson residents. The assault represents not just an attack on law enforcement. Still, an attack on humanity,” Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said at the news conference.
“I applaud the efforts of our troopers, detectives, and law enforcement partners well beyond the borders of New Jersey for their relentless efforts in bringing Timmons to justice,” he continued. “We will continue in our efforts to ensure that everyone responsible for the attempted murder of a police officer will be held accountable for their actions.”
On March 4, 2023, CBS New York posted a message on its Twitter page and wrote:
“A New Jersey state trooper who was shot on the job this week is expected to be released from the hospital soon. Investigators also say a suspect was arrested in South Carolina.”
The injured State Trooper had surgery to treat his wounds and is anticipated to recover fully. For safety concerns, the trooper’s identity has not been made public.
FoxNews has officially published the information above.