N.J. detective shot to death
The Associated Press
A 32-year-old Orange police officer was shot to death shortly before midnight yesterday, police said.
Authorities continued today searching for the shooter after they entered a house that they had surrounded and found the suspect was not there. It was not clear whether the gunman was ever in the home, said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
Detective Kiera T. Shields was investigating reports of gunfire, and was killed around 11:30 p.m. while trying to arrest a suspect, Loriquet said.
Shields was pronounced dead shortly before midnight at University Hospital in Newark.
The detective was a five-year veteran of the Orange force and a married father of three. He was promoted to detective on Jan. 1, 2005, according to acting Orange police director Aric Webster.
Shields distinguished himself in December 2004 when he found a 5-year-old girl who had been left in an SUV during a carjacking.
Shields was the first Orange officer killed in the line of duty since 1999.
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