Trooper Scott M. Gonzalez

Trooper Scott M. Gonzalez

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, October 24, 1997

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Scott M. Gonzalez

Trooper Scott Gonzalez was shot and killed while pursuing a robbery suspect at O'Brien Road, a dead-end in Mansfield Township, at 5:25 pm.

Trooper Gonzalez spotted a pickup truck that fit the description of a vehicle used in a robbery a few hours earlier in Independence Township. He called in for assistance and began to pursue the truck, which sped up in an attempt to escape. The driver of the truck pulled into a dead-end road, and Trooper Gonzalez pulled in behind him, blocking his exit. The suspect abruptly made a U-turn and rammed Trooper Gonzalez's patrol car. The impact caused the patrol car's airbag to deploy, momentarily dazing him. It also jammed the doors closed, trapping Trooper Gonzalez inside the patrol car. The suspect then exited his truck and shot Trooper Gonzalez multiple times with a shotgun while he was still in his patrol car. The fatal shot struck Trooper Gonzalez in the head from less than five feet away.

Trooper Gonzalez was able to return fire and shot at the suspect seven times from inside of the patrol car but was unable to strike the suspect. The suspect then tried to flee. He drove down the road but was stopped by other officers. The suspect shot himself in the head, killing himself.

Trooper Gonzalez had been with the New Jersey State Police for five years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 5059

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

burglary, vehicle pursuit

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