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 Gonzalez of the New Jersey State Police was shot and killed at 1725 hours while chasing a burglary suspect in Independence Township. Trooper Gonzalez spotted a pickup truck that fit the description of a vehicle used in a robbery a few hours earlier. 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 of 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 again but was stopped by other officers. The suspect again exited his vehicle but accidentally discharged his shotgun and shot himself in the head, killing himself.
Trooper Gonzalez had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 5059

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Scott was and always will be my classmate in the NJSP 113th class which graduated in January 1993. As I reflect back to our graduation day none of our class would ever have envisioned what Scott had to endure on that awful day. I cannot even imagine what was going through his mind in those last few seconds prior to his death. He was a "Trooper" in every sense of the word. He fought till his last breath. I'm honored to have known Scott, train 22 weeks at Sea Girt with Scott, and wear the same uniform as Scott. Unfortunately all the training in the world sometimes is just not enough. He nows sits with our Lord! Scott you are a true NJSP HERO!! Always will be!!

SFC N. Ponte#5088 (ret.)

October 24, 2020

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