08/09/2006

Police capture suspect in killing of N.J. officer

The Associated Press

Authorities have captured a 19-year-old gang member accused in the shotgun slaying of an Orange city police officer.

Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County prosecutor's office, said police arrested the suspect shortly after 12:30 p.m. today. No officers were injured while making the arrest, Loriquet said.

Detective Kieran T. Shields, 32, was killed at about 11:30 p.m. yesterday by at least one shotgun blast, said Loriquet.

"The perpetrator was on a porch and shot down on the officer, wounding him on the collarbone-neck area,'' Loriquet said.

He did not have details of the arrest.

Accused is Raynard Brown, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound man who has a cross tattooed on his left cheekbone, Loriquet said. He said Brown is associated with the Bloods street gang.
Shields, who was in plain clothes, was responding to reports of gunfire when he was shot, Loriquet said. His partner was still in their car.

Shields was pronounced dead shortly before midnight yesterday at University Hospital in Newark.

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