After Nearly Two Months in the Hospital, a South Jersey Police Officer Who Was Shot Has Died

Officials reported that a Deptford police officer who was wounded in a shooting over two months ago passed away on Sunday morning in the hospital. After being shot in the leg on March 10 during the incident, Deptford Officer Robert “Bobby” Shisler, 27, was taken to Cooper University Hospital with what police described as “critical life-threatening injuries.”

He remained in the hospital until his passing on Sunday, according to Deptford Police Chief Joseph Smith. Smith wrote in a statement. “He helped ensure the safety of our community where he was born, raised, lived, and worked.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the Shisler family during this difficult time of bereavement,” Smith continued. According to investigators, Shisler stopped Deptford pedestrian Mitchell Negron Jr., 24, on Delsea Drive just after 12:30 p.m. When Negron fled, Shisler pursued him.

Officer Wounded During Shootout in South Jersey
Officer Wounded During Shootout in South Jersey

According to the state Attorney General’s office, which is looking into the killing, Negron died at the scene after being shot as the two men were fighting on nearby Doman Avenue. Uncertainty surrounds certain aspects of the shooting incident.

According to an investigation report obtained in response to an OPA request, Negron was in possession of a Taurus.38 special revolver, but the Attorney General’s office has yet to explain how the shooting happened or explain why Negron was initially stopped.

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Family members of Negron have avoided making any public remarks on the incident. Within hours of the incident, assistance started pouring in for the injured cop. As of Wednesday afternoon, Shisler’s GoFundMe campaign had amassed more than $124,000, and other fundraising activities, such as a hot yoga class and a car show, had been added.

Around 200 people gathered outside the Deptford Township Police Department late on Sunday to pay tribute to Shisler. Outside the structure, a police car was adorned with candles and bouquets. As of 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the specifics of the service were unknown.

All people who knew Shisler received condolence messages from the New Jersey State PBA as well. “We are devastated at the loss of Bobby,” President Patrick Colligan said. “He gave his life protecting his community. No words can express the grief we feel.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and Deptford Police Department. We will honor this hero and his sacrifice in all we do.” Matthew Platkin, the attorney general of New Jersey, also did.

“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,” Platkin said in a statement. “I am grateful for the service and sacrifice of Officer Shisler and police officers across our state, and saddened by this tragic loss.”

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