Camden County Prosecutor Warren E. Faulk and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a security guard at a check cashing business in Camden shot and killed an intruder Wednesday morning.

Josean Torres, M/19, of Camden, was shot about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on the second floor of Ben’s Check Cashing on Mount Ephraim Avenue and Liberty Street in Camden. He was displaying a handgun when shot and the weapon was recovered at the scene. He died at Cooper Hospital about 10:30 a.m.

It is alleged Torres was one of two men who smashed a hole in a brick wall between the check cashing business and the adjacent abandoned building with the intention of entering the building’s second floor, going downstairs to check cashing business and robbing it. A woman working downstairs heard noises upstairs as the two men knocked in the wall and asked the business’ security guard to go upstairs with her to investigate. The guard is a 61-year-old retired Camden police officer. The woman brought a fire extinguisher with her for protection.

While the guard searched a room upstairs the other employee saw Torres charging toward them with his gun drawn. She sprayed him with the fire extinguisher’s foam and called the guard, who fired multiple times, striking Torres. The other intruder fled through the hole in the wall and is being sought.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Eric Wren at (856) 225-2517 or Camden Police Detective Felix Rivera at (856) 757- 7420.

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