SOMERVILLE, NJ — Ahmed Mackey, a long-time Piscataway resident and Somerset County Sheriff’s officer died on Sunday from an apparent heart attack while getting ready to go on detail, according to Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo.

Russo said Mackey, who had been a member of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department for almost 20 years became ill while in the county municipal garage where other officers performed CPR on him.

He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville where he passed away, said Russo.

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Mackey, who is survived by a young daughter ran for Piscataway Committee for Ward 3 District 5 in 2019.

According to his candidate's statement on TAPinto Piscataway, his career in law enforcement began in 1993 as a provisional Sheriff’s Officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. He later graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy in 1994, joining the Sheriff’s Office there in 2001.

Mackey was the president of the New Jersey Juvenile Officers Association and a member of the Hate Crime Bias Unit and Public Relations team with the sheriff's office, said Russo.

He was 50-years-old.