Gloucester County, N.J. – A Gloucester County grand jury returned a true bill on all 17 counts of the indictment against Arthur DiSanto, Jr., who allegedly exchanged gunfire with police, wounding one officer, announced Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.

DiSanto, 41, of Delaware County, PA was also wounded during the exchange on the night of August 23, 2021, in Washington Township. He was charged with the following offenses related to the incident:

  • Two Counts of Attempted Murder (1st Degree)
  • Two Counts of Aggravated Assault (2nd Degree)
  • Two Counts of Aggravated Assault (3rd Degree)
  • Two Counts of Aggravated Assault (4th Degree)
  • Two Counts of Resisting Arrest (3rd Degree)
  • Two Counts of Resisting Arrest (4th Degree)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (1st Degree)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (2nd Degree)
  • Receiving Stolen Property (3rd Degree)
  • Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of a Weapon by Certain Offender (1st Degree)

DiSanto was originally wanted for allegedly shooting a woman in Media, PA in July 2021. He evaded capture from police in Delaware County earlier in the night on August 23rd.  He fled from officers in PA using a police vehicle he stole from the Folcroft Police Department. He drove to Gloucester County, NJ, where he encountered various members of law enforcement and attempted to evade arrest again.

An officer with the Monroe Township Police Department was struck in the hand and the ear in the gunfire exchange with DiSanto. The officer was treated and released from the hospital shortly thereafter. DiSanto also fired at an officer with the Deptford Township Police Department after refusing to obey law enforcement commands.

DiSanto was also struck and taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability appointed the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office as Independent Prosecutor in this case on August 24th, in accordance with Directive 2019-4. The CCPO’s Major Crime’s Unit and Special Prosecutions Unit have been handling the investigation.

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.