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NJ State Trooper Shot While Investigating Home Invasion at Trailer Park

Police did not say what led to the shooting, but the trooper was expected to be OK

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A New Jersey State Police trooper was recovering Sunday after getting shot in a trailer park in Salem County.

The ordeal unfolded around 10:40 p.m. Saturday at the Harding Woods Mobile Home Park on Harding Highway in Pittsgrove Township. The unidentified trooper was at the trailer park to investigate a home invasion that had occurred earlier in the day.

Investigators said several vehicles pulled up near the trooper and a group of people then exited and confronted him. After the trooper identified himself, at least one person in the crowd pulled out a gun and opened fire, according to officials.

The trooper fired his own weapon in return but was shot at least once during the shootout.

A woman, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 gunfire also struck her home while she and her husband were inside though neither of them were hurt.

The trooper underwent surgery Sunday morning at Cooper University Hospital and is currently recovering.

At Monday's daily coronavirus briefing, NJSP Superintendent Col. Patrick J. Callahan said he spoke to the trooper and the trooper is "doing well." He said more details about the shooting would be revealed Tuesday.

No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting and police continue to investigate. Anyone with information on the incident should call the New Jersey Attorney General's Office at 856-451-0101.

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