A Deptford police officer has succumbed to his injuries nearly two months after being shot during an altercation with a suspect.
Officer Robert Shisler, 27, had been hospitalized at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and died Sunday.
The shooting happened after Officer Shisler conducted a pedestrian stop on Delsea Drive on March 10th. During the stop, authorities say 24-year-old Mitchell Negron Jr. ran off on foot. During a struggle, both men fired shots at each other. Negron was pronounced dead at the scene while Officer Shisler was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. Officials say that a Taurus .38 special revolver, which was not the officer’s service weapon, was recovered at the scene.
The Deptford Police Department confirmed Officer Shisler’s death on Facebook in a lengthy statement. The New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin also released a statement saying in part, “His passing in the line-of-duty illustrates the risks facing law enforcement, and how every day when they put on the uniform, New Jersey’s police officers also put their lives on the line to make their communities safer. I am grateful for the service and sacrifice of Officer Shisler and police officers across our state, and saddened by this tragic loss.”