Camden, N.J. — On this day, 25 years ago, Camden County lost two police officers in a senseless act of violence. On April 20, 1995, officers from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Haddon Heights Police Department were attempting to execute a search warrant in relation to a child abuse investigation at a home on Sylvan Drive when the suspect began firing at them.
Camden County Investigator John “Jack” McLaughlin and Haddon Heights Patrolman John Norcross were fatally shot, and a third officer, Haddon Heights Detective Rich Norcross, was severely wounded.
Today, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office was to attend a 25th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony, but due to COVID-19, that has been canceled.
“Unfortunately we aren’t able to honor these heroes in person, as they deserve, but we can do so in our hearts and minds,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Even though it has been 25 years, the impact of their loss is still felt, and we will continue to honor Investigator McLaughlin and Ptl. Norcross in the years to come.”
We will never forget the sacrifice made by Investigator McLaughlin and Ptl. Norcross, and the bravery displayed by the responding officers who, despite seeing their fellow officers critically injured, remained on-scene until the subject was apprehended.
“Every day, detectives, investigators, and police officers put themselves at risk to protect the lives of others,” said Chief of Detectives Jeffrey S. Dunlap. “Jack, John, and every other officer who responded to the scene on April 20, 1995, displayed great courage and selflessness, and we will always remember what these two men gave that day.”
Our thoughts are with the McLaughlin and Norcross families, and those who were honored to have known these two men. If you’d like to learn more about their acts of bravery, you can watch a 30-minute documentary created by film students at Rowan University or read more about McLaughlin and Norcross on the Officer Down Memorial Page.