Officials Identify Police Officer, Gunman in Deadly Deptford Township Shooting

The police officer who was shot in Deptford Township, New Jersey Friday afternoon has been identified as 27-year-old Robert Shisler, known to most as Bobby.

Shisler is recovering at the hospital after being shot in the leg after a shootout that left a gunman dead.

On Sunday, officials identified the man who died in the shooting as Mitchell Negron Jr., 24, of Deptford.

According to investigators, the shooting happened Friday, March 10, just after 12:20 p.m. when officer Shisler conducted a pedestrian stop on Delsea Drive.

During the stop, officers said the man — now identified as Negron — allegedly led Shisler on a foot pursuit that resulted in a struggle between both men.

Both individuals were shot in an incident that occurred in the area of Doman Avenue, and police said, Negron was pronounced deceased at the scene at approximately 1 p.m.

The Deptford Township Police Department shared that Shisler is a Deptford native who stayed in his hometown to serve.

Melinda Cox, a former teacher of his, said he was a tireless volunteer. Shisler once helped out Cox with her softball summer camp since he was a star catcher in high school.

“More than just a police officer,” Cox said. “A role model for Deptford youth.”

Shisler was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but underwent surgery and is in stable condition.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is continuing to investigate.

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