Sgt. James Garber, the officer most seriously wounded in a shootout at the Gloucester Township Police Department Friday morning, was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.
He was greeted at his township home by an array of first responders, including police, firefighters, and paramedics. Also present were members of the Warrior Watch organization and Boy Scout Troop 811.
Garber, a 13-year veteran of the force, was shot in the stomach and grazed in the head about 5:30 a.m. Friday when Eddie Jones 3d, 39, of Willingboro, overpowered Officer Ruth Burns, grabbed her .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, and started firing. Burns had been processing Jones after his arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident when he attacked her.
Burns, who was shot in a foot, and Sgt. Kevin Thyne, who was grazed in the chin by a bullet and who suffered a stomach laceration when a bullet struck his service belt, were treated at Cooper University Hospital in Camden and released Friday. Jones was killed at the police station as Thyne and Garber returned fire.
Garber underwent surgery at Cooper on Friday. Police Chief Harry Earle said Garber's bulletproof vest prevented injury to his chest.