ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (CBS) — Two arrests have been made in connection to the officer involved shooting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Another suspect was killed during the police shootout outside a casino Saturday morning.
Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White said it happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after two patrol officers stopped a group of men near the Caesars Casino parking deck along the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue.
“At this point I don’t know what the reason for the initial stop was,” White said, “but as the officers were getting out of the car, the males opened fire on our officers, striking one.”
The wounded officer, whose named was not immediately released, was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Police fired back at the suspects, killing one of them.
The two men in police custody have been identified as Martell Chisholm, 19, or Millville, New Jersey and 28-year-old Demetrius Cross of Bridgeton, New Jersey.
“It’s a sad commentary on society,” Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said. “These are good examples of what happens when too many of these assault weapons are in the wrong hands.”
The men have been charged with two counts of attempted murder of the two police officers, three counts of robbery, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and two counts of conspiracy to commit possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose