MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Two men charged in the shooting of an Atlantic City, New Jersey, police officer responding to a robbery in progress at a casino garage have been held on $750,000 bail each following their initial court appearances.
A judge maintained the bail for Martell Chisholm, of Millville, and Demetrius Cross, of Bridgeton. Neither man entered a plea at Tuesday’s hearing.
The men were arrested Saturday in connection with the shooting of Officer Joshlee Vadell.
Prosecutors say the nine-year veteran of the police force and another officer saw the robbery being committed early Saturday. Vadell was shot as he exited his vehicle.
The second officer returned fire and struck robbery suspect Jerome Damon. Damon, who was 25 years old and from Camden, was found dead a short distance away.
The second officer’s name hasn’t been released. He apparently was not injured in the incident.
Vadell’s condition was upgraded Monday from critical to stable.
Chisholm and Cross were each charged with attempted murder, robbery and weapons offenses. Chisholm told the judge he would be seeking to hire his own attorney, but Cross apparently will seek to have a public defender represent him.
The standing-room only crowd in the courtroom Tuesday included numerous police officers from Atlantic City and other jurisdictions.