A man accused of opening fire on two New Jersey state troopers, striking one in the leg, has been arrested in South Carolina.
Jocquise R. Timmons, 28, of Paterson, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Timmons was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force in South Carolina on Friday.
On Thursday at around 1 a.m., two New Jersey state troopers were on duty investigating an attempted break-in of a home on East 26th Street and 9th Avenue. While attempting to follow a vehicle believed to be involved in the break-in, the troopers were ambushed by Timmons. Timmons stepped out from behind a parked vehicle, assumed a shooting stance, and fired at the troopers’ unmarked vehicles. The bullets hit both vehicles and struck one of the troopers in the leg.
The injured trooper was transported to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injury and is expected to make a full recovery.
“Each and every day our New Jersey Troopers put their lives on the line to keep New Jerseyans safe from gun violence, but yesterday one of our own fell victim to the very crime he was working to prevent,” said New Jersey attorney general Matthew Platkin.
Platkin thanked the U.S. Marshals Service for making the arrest.
Timmons is pending extradition to New Jersey.
“The brazen ambush attack on our troopers put their lives at risk as well as the lives of Paterson residents. The assault represents not just an attack on law enforcement, but an attack on humanity,” said Patrick Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I applaud the efforts of our troopers, detectives, and law enforcement partners well beyond the borders of New Jersey for their relentless efforts in bringing Timmons to justice.”