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Lakewood NJ Police Officer Shot while Attempting Arrest

25
Oct
2009

by in Criminal Defense

Lakewood, New Jersey police officer Jonathon WIlson had just gotten back to his home in Manchester when he was called to assist in arresting a suspect in Ocean County on a ‘no-knock warrant.” The New Jersey cop described having a bad feeling about the arrest from the moment he received the call.

For the past 6 years, Wilson was a member of a special brach of the Lakewood Police known as the “Tactical Entry Team.” Wilson responded to the call and geared up for the assault on the Lakewood, New Jersey colonial style home. The first man in, Wilson was assigned with suppressing any fire from the front in order to protect the rest of the team.

After going up a flight of stairs, Wilson suddenly felt his face burning and began falling backward back down the staircase. Wilson did not know that he had just taken a bullet to the face and returned fire at the suspect. Wilson did know something was very wrong, and his thoughts immediately turned to his family. The suspect, Jaime Gonzalez of Lakewood, along with three other Lakewood officers was also shot in the exchange.

The warrant for Gonzalez’s arrest was issued after investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office made arrested a high-value suspect named Javier Franco in Seaside Heights. Both men are accused of running a large-scale drug and gun trafficking network inside New Jersey and extending elsewhere. It is unclear whether any of the men have hired a criminal defense attorney.

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