Man Shot By Camden Police

by Copyright 2004 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. | Dec 10, 2004
Man Shot By Camden Police Police in Camden Thursday said that they shot a man who allegedly opened fire on them.

Witnesses said that bullets were flying everywhere Thursday morning at the Ferry Station Apartments. Shell casings littered the ground and bullet holes could be seen in several windows after the shooting stopped.

"When I looked out the window, I saw the cops say, 'Get down. Get down.' And then I saw somebody shooting this way, then the cops were shooting at the guy," said Tanysha Easterland, a neighbor.

One of the bullets went through Sherneese Ford's bedroom window and almost hit her 2-year-old son as they slept in bed.

"I don't feel safe. I could have got shot while I was asleep in my bed. (My son) was right next to me; the bullet was closer to him than to me," Ford said.

According to authorities, Camden police were responding to a domestic violence call. They said that when police arrived, they saw Walter Byers Jr., 23, jumping out of a second-story window with a gun in his hand. Officials said that when police ordered the Byers to stop, he opened fire on them and they shot back. Byers was shot once in the leg and once in the torso.

"It was about four cops shooting in this direction; they were standing behind a truck and then there was shot coming from this direction, going that way. They were firing from both ends," Easterland said.

Byers was taken to a hospital and is listed in stable condition. Police said that they have recovered his gun.

"It was just a big mess and me and my daughter were scared," Easterland said.

Officials said that Byers is facing two charges of attempted murder.

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