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
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