Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a Camden man was seriously injured while running from police Thursday night.
Xavier Ingram, M/21, suffered a spinal injury that has resulted in paralysis when he slipped and fell on a wet road while running across 7th Street near the intersection with Chestnut Street about 9:45 p.m. Thursday in an attempt to elude police.
Officers patrolling the courtyard of the Sycamore Court Apartments attempted to stop Ingram after observing him holding his waistband in a way that indicated he may have been carrying a gun. Ingram went between two parked cars and an officer heard a noise that indicated a metal object being dropped on a hard surface. When Ingram walked out from between the vehicles he was no longer holding his waistband. The officer went between the cars and recovered a silver handgun from behind a parked vehicle’s tire. It was later learned the gun had been reported stolen from Gloucester Township.
Police attempted to stop Ingram when he came out of a liquor store on Chestnut Street. Ingram ran and slipped and fell while fleeing police across 7th Street. Officers cuffed Ingram and he indicated to them he could not feel his legs. The officers immediately took steps to stabilize Ingram’s neck and back and called for an ambulance, which arrived within 4 minutes.
Officers found bags of heroin in Ingram’s pockets when he was taken into custody.
Ingram is receiving treatment at Cooper Hospital in Camden at this time.
Ingram is charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest, Being a Certain Person Not To Possess a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Drug Possession.
Due to the seriousness of Ingram’s injuries and in accordance with Attorney General Guidelines the Camden County Police Department referred the case for review to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. An investigation into officer conduct is ongoing, but the incident was captured on video and there is no indication of the use of excessive force or police misconduct that might have contributed to Ingram’s injuries.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.