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Chief, lieutenant wounded by
gunman who was eventually killed
[South River, NJ]


December 21, 2000
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Chief, lieutenant wounded by
gunman who was eventually killed
[South River, NJ]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(South River N.J.) -- A man that went on a shooting rampage through his neighborhood yesterday was killed by police, but not before he shot the chief of police and a lieutenant who had responded.

After an argument with his mother, Edward Abrams, 31, began running through his neighborhood firing a shotgun, police said.

Chief Wesley Bomba and Lt. John Bouthillette, who responded to the call, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for their wounds. Bomba was struck in the right groin and the upper left shoulder. Bouthillette was hit in the right side and sustained injuries to this kidney, liver and diaphragm.

"There were a lot of shots. Really a lot. More than you can count on two hands. One after the other. Sometimes rapidly, then a moment of quiet, and then it started again," neighbor Monika Dziedzic, 51, told the Daily News. She said the shooting lasted for two or three minutes.

Officers Eric Gartner and John McKenna, who also responded to the call, chased Abrams into a parking lot after the other officers were wounded. Gartner fired one shot, which killed the gunman.

Gov. Christie Whitman spoke to the officer' families at the hospital, according to the Daily News

"It will take them awhile, but they will be all right. The most important thing here is both officers have a good prognosis," she said.




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