CAMDEN, NJ— An undercover Camden County Police detective who opened fire on three individuals last August when he and another detective were ambushed has been cleared, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced today.
The prosecutor's office said that after completing its investigation of the Aug. 7 incident, it determined that the detective's use of force was legally justified, and will not send the case to a grand jury. According to the prosecutor's office, its investigation complied with the guidelines set by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
On the night of Aug. 7, two plain-clothes detectives were in an unmarked vehicle waiting on a red light at the intersection of Broadway and Walnut Street when a white van pulled up, and two individuals got out of the van and opened fire with semi-automatic weapons.
Twenty-five rounds were fired in seven seconds into the car’s windshield and passenger side door. One detective was able to return fire. The two detectives were rushed to Cooper University Hospital, where they received treatment for nonfatal injuries. Police were able to recover the van that night in South Camden riddled with bullet holes. No injuries were reported as a result of any stray bullets from the gunfight.
Following its investigation of the incident, which included witness testimony and security camera footage, the prosecutor's office indicted Alexander DeJesus, 19, of Philadelphia; Ammar Hall, 26, of Camden; and Juan Figueroa, 20, of Camden all on charges of first-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons charges. A trial is set to be held April 29, the prosecutor's office said.
The attorney general's office also conducted its own investigation and agreed with the prosecutor's office determination that the use of force was justified, the prosecutor's office said.