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All 3 Officers in NJ Police Station Shooting Back Home

Sgt. James Garber, who underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, has been released from the hospital Sunday



    All 3 Officers in NJ Police Station Shooting Back Home
    Officer Ruth Burns (left), Sgt. James Garber (center) and Sgt. Kevin Thyne (right) were all shot during a struggle with a suspect inside the Gloucester Township Police station on Dec. 28, 2012.

    Only NBC10 was there as injured Gloucester Township police Sgt. James Garber left Cooper University hospital in Camden, New Jersey on Sunday.

    Garber was one of three officers rushed to the hospital Friday morning after being shot inside the Gloucester Township police station Friday.

    Garber sustained the most serious injuries and is the last to be released from the hospital after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

    A smiling Garber arrived home Sunday afternoon. With his wife by his side, Garber thanked dozens of supporters outside of their Somerdale home. "Thank you very much, I don't know what else to say" Garber noted.

    Officer Ruth Burns and Sgt. Kevin Thine, also injured in Friday's shooting, were released from the hospital on Friday.

    Authorities said an arrested man, Eddie Jones III, overpowered and disarmed Officer Ruth Burns after his handcuffs were removed during processing. They said Jones then fired multiple times at Burns and two other officers, Garber and Sgt. Kevin Thine, who had been in a nearby room and went to help her.

    Garber and Thine returned fire on Jones, a state Department of Corrections civilian employee who had been accused of stalking a former girlfriend, police said.

    Jones, of Willingboro, had been taken back to police headquarters in handcuffs, and when the cuffs were removed for a brief period during processing, he lunged at Burns, knocking her down and taking her weapon, police Chief Harry Earle said. He ``unleashed a barrage of gunfire'' at the officers, Earle said.

    Jones, 39, was struck multiple times by return fire and was pronounced dead at the scene, the chief said.

    Garber also was shot multiple times; his life was saved by a bulletproof vest. He also suffered a graze wound to his head.

    Thine suffered a cut to his abdomen and a graze wound to his chin, while Burns was shot in one of her feet. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment and were released later Friday.

    The shooting will be reviewed by the state attorney general, as is customary with all shootings involving police officers. But Camden County prosecutor Warren Faulk said initial evidence shows that the officers responded to gunfire that was initiated by Jones and returned fire to save their lives and those of other officers in the building.


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