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Officer Shot In Ambush Justified In Returning Fire

March 20, 2019 - 1:57 pm
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CAMDEN, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- Authorities have determined that a police detective was justified in returning fire when two men allegedly ambushed him and another officer while their vehicles were stopped at a red light last summer.

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday it had found no reason to present the case to the grand jury and added that an independent review by the state Attorney General's office agreed with its finding.

The two plain clothes detectives were wounded while sitting in their unmarked SUV on August 7, 2018.

Authorities say the two gunmen got out of a van and opened fire on the detectives' vehicle, firing 21 shots overall.

A male detective fired at the van, but no one was struck by those shots.

The male detective was shot in the bicep and forearm, while a female detective that accompanied him was shot in the hand.