Off-duty officer helps solve a Camden homicide

February 28, 2014 10:30:17 PM PST
A Camden County police officer is being praised for solving a murder on his day off.

Sgt. Phillip Wright talked Action News about going beyond the call of duty after a deadly double shooting that happened on February 17th.

Police say it was around 4:30 a.m. when 21-year-old Marvin McLinton was shot and killed in a home on 1800 block of South 6th Street. A female victim was also shot at but was able to escape without injury.

McLinton suffered a fatal shotgun blast to the face.

Sgt. Wright learned about the crime the next morning and received information about two possible suspects being in the area of East Camden.

He helped canvas the area while off-duty. Not only did he find them, Wright also recovered a handgun and held both suspects in custody until back up officers arrived.

The marine veteran says he may have been off duty, but it is all part of the job.

"I take pride in my job, and to run into suspects or people out there willing to hurt other people, I'm going to take the necessary steps out there to stop them and to make our people and our city feel safe," said Sgt. Phillip Wright.

24-year-old Isaac Bruce and 31-year-old Sophia Faulkner were arrested and booked on charges including attempted murder and murder.


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