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Mt. Laurel Man Shot and Killed After Firing at Cop

A Burlington City police officer returned fire after Jason T. Bunnell shot at him during a foot chase late Monday night, according to authorities.

A Burlington City cop shot and killed a man who fired at the officer during a foot chase late Monday night.

According to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the officer was on patrol just before midnight when he stopped and attempted to speak with a suspicious man—later identified as Jason T. Bunnell, 32, last known address Mount Laurel—walking near a car dealership on the 1200 block of Route 130 South, near the border with Burlington Township.

Bunnell fled on foot, and the officer ran after him. The chase led to an overgrown lot near the dealership, where authorities said Bunnell fired a shot at the officer. The officer was not struck, and returned fire, fatally striking Bunnell.

The officer was evaluated and released from an area hospital and will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Authorities did not release his name. The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Burlington City Police Department, the Burlington Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Unit, Major Crimes Unit and Special Investigations Unit.

As directed under the Attorney General’s guidelines, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office will review the investigation once it has been completed to determine whether the officer’s use of force was appropriate.

Information provided by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office

FbS September 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM
He has a long arrest record too.. Drugs.. http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/New-Jersey/Atlantic-County-NJ/Jason-T-Bunnell.7459438.html
FbS September 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Great job Burlington city Police!!
Jerry September 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Ignorant comment Frank. The man is dead. An arrest would have been a "great" job.
peter g adely sr September 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Hay Jerry. ignorant comment? NOT! The perp shot trying to kill officer. Arrest him? Good luck! This criminal now wont hurt anyone! Also our justice system prevails. Our streets are safer now.
Pete September 23, 2012 at 01:32 PM
An arrest would have cost the taxpayers an enormous amount of money in prosecution costs, and if successful, in supporting the perp for however long his sentence. AND he'd have been back out on the streets eventually. "Mess with the bull, get the horn!"
* September 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
@jerry, thank GOD its the "man" and not the Police Officer!!! EXCELLENT job by a Hero Cop!
Ric September 23, 2012 at 04:15 PM
@Pete. If a member of your family were to be shot by the police, you would be the first to cry "police brutality" and then you would file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the police. "You throw the bull, the wind in turn throws it back at you."
Mike September 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Wow, a man with a criminal record who's carrying a gun shoots at a police officer and were supposed to feel sorry for him......Bunnell was planning something by carrying a weapon and the officer was defending himself and the people of Burlington City. Outstanding job by the Burlington City PD !
Ric September 23, 2012 at 08:57 PM
What do you want to do, have a church carnival to celebrate a man is dead? Who said you "were supposed to feel sorry for him..."?
Mike September 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
And what do you want to do, have a fundraiser for him ? Sorry you lost a friend Ric but he got what he deserved
* September 23, 2012 at 09:54 PM
@RIc...the sun was a little bit brighter, the grass was a little bit greener and the birds sang a bit louder..the day a good guy won against evil
Ric September 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
@Chris. Get real - not ignorant or stupid. I no more know that deceased than you do so take your "friend" and you know where to ..... A man is dead. It is vulgar to gloat unless your name is Rocco and you are from South Philly. I do not think that man deserves sympathy or ridicule. Yes, he deserves admonishment for trying to kill a cop. Good night,
Richard T. Seng September 24, 2012 at 06:18 PM
You get shot at and shoot back and that is the end of story or what ever!!
Bob Vey October 16, 2012 at 05:38 AM
With the economy getting worse & more budget cuts by the cities; the crime rate will greatly increase. There will be more desperate people with weapons committing crimes. Bunnell may have been locked up before & did not want to go back to jail. Maybe he panicked, & thought if he took a random shot at the cop,the cop would not persue him & he could get away. He was wrong, the cop returned fire & killed him. That's the chance he took when he shot at the cop. Iam sure the cop feels really bad that he killed someone. But when someone shoots at you, you return fire,you are defending your life.

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