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Crime New Jersey Police Officer Dies Hours After Jumping into River to Save Burglary Suspect

03:15  09 september  2020
03:15  09 september  2020 Source:   people.com

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A veteran New Jersey police officer jumped into a river to save a burglary suspect -- and then died hours later. Bridgeton Police Department officer Sean Peek, 49, responded to a burglary call at an ambulance station around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw a person running through the woods

BRIDGETON, N . J . - A veteran New Jersey police officer jumped into a river to save a burglary suspect -- and then died hours later. Bridgeton Police Department officer Sean Peek, 49, responded to a burglary call at an ambulance station around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw a

The Bridgeton Police Department in New Jersey is in mourning after an officer died following what authorities say was an "on-duty life-saving incident."

a person holding a teddy bear: Bridgeton Police Department Officer Sean Peek © Provided by People Bridgeton Police Department Officer Sean Peek

Officer Sean Peek, 49, passed away after jumping into the Cohansey River in an attempt save a burglary suspect on early Sunday morning, according to Bridgeton Police Chief Michael A. Gaimari Sr.

Peek, who had been with the department for 15 years, responded to a burglary call at an ambulance dispatch station around 1:30 a.m. when he saw a person running into a wooded area before either falling or jumping into the nearby river, authorities said.

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A veteran New Jersey police officer jumped into a river to save a burglary suspect -- and then died hours later. Bridgeton Police Department officer Sean Peek, 49, responded to a burglary call at an ambulance station around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw a person running through the woods

A New Jersey police officer died Sunday only hours after he jumped into the Cohansey River in an attempt to save a woman’s life. Upon arrival, Peek saw a woman run into nearby woods and then saw her either jump or fall into the river , so he jumped in after her but became bogged down by his

“Sean made a decision as would any officer and entered to water in attempt to pull the person from the running waters no matter what the circumstances,” Gaimari said in a statement. “The woman eventually made it across the river but Officer Peek had difficulty making it back to shore as he was still donning all of his equipment and gear.”

a person holding a teddy bear: Officer Sean Peek © Bridgeton Police Department Officer Sean Peek

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Peek was pulled from the river by his colleagues, while other responding officers apprehended the suspect, according to police. The two were then taken to Inspira Health Center for treatment.

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A veteran New Jersey police officer jumped into a river to save a burglary suspect — and then died hours later. Bridgeton Police Department officer Sean Peek, 49, responded to a burglary call at an ambulance station around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw a person running through the woods

A New Jersey police officer died at his home Sunday, just hours after he jumped into a river in When officers arrived at the scene, Peek observed an individual running into a wooded area and saw the person either fall or jump into the Cohansey River , Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari said.

Gaimari said Peek had been "relieved of duty until cleared to return to work" when family members found him unresponsive at his home hours following his release from the hospital.

A cause of death has not been released pending an autopsy.

Peek is survived by his wife Megan and their 8-year-old daughter Kate.

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“We are naturally devastated here at the department, Sean was a fine officer and a friend to all and always acted in an exemplary fashion when representing the department and the City of Bridgeton," Gaimari said.

The suspect — identified by authorities as Sarah Jeanne Davis, 29 — was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief for allegedly causing more than $1,000 in damage.

Davis was held at the Cumberland County Jail pending completion of the investigation.

It is unclear if she has obtained an attorney who can speak on her behalf, or if she has entered a plea at this time.

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