Two of the men arrested in the September robbery that led to the shooting of Atlantic City Police Officer Joshlee Vadell were indicted Thursday.
The evidence presented by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy was reviewed by an Atlantic County grand jury, which handed up indictments for Martel D. Chisolm, 30, of Pleasantville, and Demetris Cross, 28, of Bridgeton, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said Friday.
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They were indicted on 13 criminal counts, including criminal attempt to commit murder, robbery, resisting arrest and other charges.
Just after 2:30 a.m. Sept. 3, two uniformed Atlantic City police officers saw a robbery in progress on Arkansas Avenue near the Caesars Atlantic City parking garage, Ruberton said.
Vadell and Officer Tom McCabe turned down Arkansas Avenue to investigate, Ruberton said.
As Vadell got out of the patrol car’s passenger seat, 25-year-old Jerome Damon, of Camden, shot him in the head, Ruberton said.
McCabe returned fire and shot Damon, who ran from the scene and later collapsed and died.
Police located the group of men, three of whom were victims of the armed robbery, and the other two who had been the suspects. State Police arrested Chisolm and Cross in Bridgeton later that day.
Chisolm and Cross were held at the Atlantic County jail on $750,000 full cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. They remain in custody there.
Vadell spent weeks in the hospital before he was released Nov. 9. On Jan. 25, a grand jury cleared McCabe in Damon’s killing.
Anyone with more information about the incident should call the Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666, Crime Stoppers at 800-658-TIPS (8477), the anonymous tip line at 609-652-1234, or text TIPCOP and your tip to 274637.
The New Jersey COP SHOT Program has a $20,000 reward posted for any new information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects responsible in the shooting of the officer.