|Peter C. Harvey,
Division Of Criminal Justice
For Immediate Release:
GENERAL'S SHOOTING RESPONSE TEAM INVESTIGATES
CAMDEN CITY SHOOTING INCIDENT
- The Attorney General's Shooting Response Team is conducting an
investigation into the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident that
occurred in Camden City at approximately 9:45 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 22, 2004.
According to the preliminary investigation, members of the Camden Anti-Crime Partnership Fugitive Warrant Team, including New Jersey State Police, Camden County Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service, were assigned to serve a fugitive warrant at 1139 Baring Street, Camden. The Fugitive Team was engaged in serving a fugitive warrant seeking the arrest of Oscar Young, M/22, a.k.a "Oz," last known address was the 400 block of Liberty Street, Camden. Young was charged by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office with murder in the fatal shooting of Matthew J. Dunlap, M/19, on July 7, 2004, in Camden, NJ.
As the Fugitive Team entered the Baring Street residence to locate and arrest Young, they encountered a female, believed to be a relative, who advised that Young was in a second floor bedroom. Members of the Fugitive Team encountered Young in a second floor bedroom. The preliminary investigation determined that Young reportedly fired at least one shot at the Fugitive Team. Members of the Fugitive Team returned fire. The investigation located a .357 Smith & Wesson handgun at the scene.
Young was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:16 a.m.. An autopsy of the deceased is scheduled to be performed tomorrow (Sat., Oct. 23) by Dr. Lyla Perez of the State Medical Examiner's Office.
On July 12, 2004, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced a $1,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of murder defendant Young. According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Camden Police officers responded to an emergency call at 10:25 p.m. on July 7 in the area of Randolph and Thorndyke Streets and found Dunlap, of the 600 block of Randolph Street, lying in the street. The victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was dead at the scene. The Camden Police Department investigation determined that the victim was with a friend when they were approached by two males, including Young. It is alleged that Young exchanged words with Dunlap, drew a handgun and fired multiple shots into the victim at close range. The investigation determined that the confrontation between Young and Dunlap allegedly resulted from a dispute over a $45.00 debt Dunlap's friend reportedly owed to Young. Camden police reported that Young fled the shooting scene. A fugitive warrant was issued.
The Attorney General's Shooting Response Team has identified the members of the Camden Anti Crime Partnership - Fugitive Warrant Team as Sgt. David J. Yeager and Det. I John J. Donegan, New Jersey State Police and Sgt. Brian Penn, Camden County Sheriff's Office. Additional members of the Fugitive Team included representatives from the U.S. Marshals Service, New Jersey State Police, and the Camden County Sheriff's Office. Sgt.Yeager, 39, enlisted in the New Jersey State Police in 1988; Det. I Donegan, 36, enlisted in the New Jersey State Police in 1994; and Sgt. Penn, 44, has been with the Camden County Sheriff's Office for 21 years. All three law enforcement officers were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for medical evaluation.
The incident remains under investigation by the Attorney General's Shooting Response Team. Under an Attorney General directive, the Attorney General's Shooting Response Team, made up of Deputy Attorney's General and state investigators from the Division of Criminal Justice and detectives from the State Police Major Crime Unit, are dispatched to the scene to conduct the investigation. The Attorney General's Shooting Response Team also receives investigative and administrative support from county prosecutor's offices. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office, the Camden County Sheriff's Office and the Camden Police Department are participating in the Attorney General's Shooting Response Team investigation.
The Camden Anti-Crime Partnership is comprised of the New Jersey State Police, Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Camden County Sheriff's Department, Camden City Police Department, DRPA Police Department, and the New Jersey Transit Authority Police Department.