Preliminary investigation indicates that on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at approximately 10:57 p.m., officers from Woodlynne Police Department were dispatched for a report of an armed robbery at a gas station in the area of Mt. Ephraim and Ferry Avenues in Woodlynne. Upon arrival, the officers were advised by the victim of the direction where the suspect fled and encountered a male matching the description of the suspect. The male appeared to be armed with a handgun and fled the scene on foot. After a brief foot chase and refusing multiple orders to drop the weapon, one of the officers fired a single round striking the suspect.
The suspect told police that he discarded the weapon and provided its location. The weapon was then located nearby. Following his arrest, the suspect was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment.
The suspect was identified as Jai Wood, Jr. (age 24) of Camden. Wood was charged with Armed Robbery and Resisting Arrest. Additional weapon charges are pending.
The involved officer’s identity will not be released at this time. This investigation is being conducted pursuant to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Law Enforcement Directive No. 2019-4 and remains ongoing.
Released Monday, December 30, 2019.