'Nothing Short of Heroic': Officer Shot in Camden

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A local police officer is being called a “hero” for apprehending a suspect only moments after the suspect shot the officer.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2nd, Camden County Police Officer Patrick O'Hanlon was in the area of 8th and Chelton Avenue when he went over to talk with three men. 

One of the men, identified as 19-year-old Delronn Mahan, of Lindenwold, took off running and O’Hanlon followed.

This most dangerous scumbag of a man — who’s the defendant and suspect — is now off the street.

“A struggle ensued,” explained Camden County Chief Scott Thomson during a press conference held on Thursday, November 3rd.

“The suspect pulled out a gun, shot the officer at point-blank range, in the front of his thigh," added Thomson. "The bullet went right through his thigh, [and] exited out.” 

According to the chief, the suspect attempted to shoot the officer a second time, but O’Hanlon had gained control of the suspect when back-up arrived. 

O’Hanlon was then rushed to Cooper Hospital.

Mahan was placed in handcuffs and taken to Camden County Jail.

“The injured officer is truly a hero,” said Louis Cappelli, Jr. freeholder director of Camden County, during the press conference. “He went to work last night, had a heinous incident occur, but was still able to make sure the arrest took place.

"This most dangerous scumbag of a man — who’s the defendant and suspect — is now off the street.” 

Thompson said officers will be knocking on doors and staying active in the Centerville neighborhood of Camden to help residents feel safe, as the 21-year-old officer continues to heal, and Mahan remains behind bars.

“He’s being held without bail in Camden County Jail and the team of individuals that are behind me are going to do everything that we can do to ensure that he never sees the light of day as a free man again,” said Thomson.

With multiple charges against him, Thomson said officials believe the suspect has gang ties and was not supposed to be in possession of a firearm. 

Just since he’s turned 18, Mahan has been arrested 10 times throughout the South Jersey area, including the neighborhood he was in last night.  

O’Hanlon is in stable condition, but is not expected to be released from the hospital Thursday. 

“The way the officer responded to the situation, the way his officers responded to the situation, and even up into the point of the investigation this point in time [is nothing short of heroic],” said Thomson.

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