Police: NJ State Trooper fatally shoots armed man

May 26, 2011 5:20:01 PM PDT
Bridgeton authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting in which a state trooper fatally shot an armed man last night in Bridgeton.

According to police, troopers from Bridgeton Station were called about 8:30 p.m. last night to a residence on Barend Street in Fairfield Township in response to a 911 call from the resident.

The woman reported that she had a restraining order against her former boyfriend, Willie Gibbons, 33, of Seabrook, and that he was at the home waving a handgun.

Troopers had been to the residence the night before and removed Gibbons.

Police say there was a documented history of domestic violence between Gibbons and the woman.

Upon arrival, the troopers learned that Gibbons had left in a pickup truck and was armed with a gun.

A law enforcement alert was broadcast for Gibbons, who was quickly located walking on Burlington Road near Irving Avenue in Bridgeton. Three troopers from Bridgeton Station responded to the location.

According to the preliminary investigation, when the uniformed troopers arrived at the scene and confronted Gibbons, Gibbons reached for and drew out a handgun that had been concealed.

One of the troopers fired two shots from his service weapon, striking Gibbons in the abdomen and chest. Gibbons was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:28 a.m.

A 9mm semi-automatic handgun that was in the possession of Gibbons was recovered at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation by the Attorney General's Shooting Response Team. The Southern Regional Medical Examiner's Office is assisting in the investigation.