Officer shoots armed robbery suspect

CAMDEN, N.J. - October 3, 2009 Camden Police arrested Daniel Rodriguez, 25, and Woodlynne Carstarphen, 20, both of Camden.

Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a suspect was shot Friday night as police interrupted a robbery in process.

It is reported Carstarphen and Rodriguez broke through the door of a second-floor apartment on Westfield about 11:30 p.m. and ordered three adults there to lie on the floor as they searched the place for valuables. Carstarphen is accused of carrying a handgun and Rodriguez is accused of wielding a knife. One of the people in the apartment was on the phone with his girlfriend at the time of the robbery. She heard the intruders burst into the apartment and called 9-1-1 immediately.

Rodriguez was arrested at the scene. Also recovered there was a loaded firearm.

Carstarphen, who was armed with a handgun, was shot by police as they responded to the robbery. He was being treated at Cooper University Hospital in Camden Saturday for multiple gunshot wounds.

Rodriguez and Carstarphen are each charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, multiple counts of aggravated assault, weapons offenses and numerous other charges in connection with a robbery in an apartment on the 2900 block of Westfield Avenue in Camden.

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office will conduct an investigation of the shooting, which is required whenever a service weapon is fired by a Camden County law enforcement officer and non-fatal injuries result.

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