An investigation has concluded a state trooper used justifiable force in an exchange of gunfire last July at the home of a 76-year-old man in South Jersey.
Gerald Sykes was shot by a trooper inside his Upper Deerfield home after a disconnected 911 call was mistakenly traced to his address late on July 29.
Two troopers told authorities they saw Sykes holding a revolver and shotgun when they went to his back door. They said he pointed the guns in their direction before one trooper fired four shots, striking him in the chest and upper groin.
The second trooper suffered a graze wound when Sykes returned fire.
The New Jersey attorney general’s office report released Friday concluded the trooper was justified in firing because he felt he was in immediate danger.