- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

UPPER DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A 911 call that apparently sent state troopers to the wrong house in southern New Jersey Friday night led to an exchange of gunfire that wounded a 76-year-old man, the state attorney general’s office said.

The attorney general’s shooting response team is investigating the incident that occurred late Friday night in Cumberland County.

Police dispatchers received the 911 call from a cellphone at about 11:30 p.m., but the caller hung up without providing a location. The call appeared to have come from a house on Centerton Road, and two uniformed state troopers responded.

As the troopers shined flashlights through a sliding glass door in the rear of the house and said they were responding to a 911 call, 76-year-old Gerald Sykes fired a single round from a shotgun through the door, according to a preliminary investigation.

One of the troopers fired four rounds from a handgun, hitting Sykes. He was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden where he was reported in critical but stable condition, according to the attorney general’s office.



One trooper suffered a graze wound either from the shotgun or from flying glass. Both troopers were treated and released from Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.

The attorney general’s office said Saturday it was discovered later that the 911 call hadn’t come from the address where the shooting later occurred.

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