ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Police have arrested two New Jersey residents in connection with an Atlantic City shooting that left a nine-year veteran officer wounded and another suspect dead, officials said,.
Police officer Joshlee Vadell was shot as he exited his vehicle early Saturday morning when he and his partner saw a robbery in progress outside an Atlantic City casino garage, police said.
The second officer, whose name hasn’t been released, returned fire and struck one of the suspects, 25-year-old Jerome Damon of Camden, police said. Damon was found dead a short distance away.
Vadell, a nine-year veteran, was initially listed in critical condition, but underwent surgery and has since been upgraded to stable condition, officials said Monday.
Police have arrested 19-year-old Martell Chisholm of Millville and 28-year-old Demetrius Cross of Bridgeton in connection with the shooting.
Prosecutors say the shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after the two officers saw three men trying to rob three others near a parking garage at Caesars casino.
Police and the suspects then exchanged gunfire, during which Damon was killed and Vadell was wounded.
After the officer opened fire, the group then fled in different directions, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
The two arrested New Jersey residents have each been charged with attempted murder, robbery and weapons offenses, according to acting Atlantic City Prosecutor Diane Ruberton.
A GoFundMe page was created Saturday to raise money for Vadell, Atlantic City police said in a statement. The fundraising page, started by friend Coby Frier, will go toward supporting Vadell’s family and helping the officer in his recovery.
“Josh Vadell and his wife Laura and their family needs all the help we can give,” the page reads. “Along with your money, they also need our prayers and hope, so keep giving and keep praying for a speedy and full recovery!!”
As of Monday night, more than $20,000 had been raised of the page’s $50,000 goal.