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Bridgeton men sentenced in shooting of State Police detective

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Two men who opened fire on a State Police detective during a confrontation at a Salem County mobile home park have been sentenced, officials announced Thursday.

Detective Richard Hershey was seriously injured when he was confronted by an angry mob while investigating a home invasion at the Harding Woods mobile home part around 10:30 p.m. April 25, 2020.

A woman was beaten and robbed in the attack.

Hershey was shot at more than a dozen times, with most of the shots coming from a third gunman, 30-year-old Tremaine Hadden, also of Bridgeton.

About 15 people in five vehicles confronted Hershey, who identified himself as law enforcement, according to the investigtion.

Najzeir Hutchings, left, and Kareen Warner. (N.J. Department of Corrections photos)

Najzeir “Naz” Hutchings and Kareen “Kai” Warner pleaded guilty to aggravated assault last May.

That same month, a jury convicted Hadden

A jury convicted Hadden of aggravated assault, conspiracy, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain persons not to possess weapons and riot.

Tremaine Hadden (N.J. Department of Corrections photo)

He faced more than 40 years in prison. He is now in South Woods State Prison on a 37-year sentence. His release date is April 10, 2048.

Hutchings, 25, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in January, under a plea agreement, which includes eight years for aggravated assault and five years for unlawful possession of a weapon. He also is in South Woods, with a release date of Sept. 12, 2028.

Warner, 23, was sentenced to seven years for aggravated assault. He is in the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility with a parole eligibility date of April 8, 2026, and a maximum date of June 23, 2026.

Both men had to testify as conditions of their pleas.

Detective Richard Hershey has since healed and returned to duty.

Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
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