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"Officer Down"

Assault Weapons and the War on Law Enforcement

Section Three: Selected Incidents of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Assault Weapons, 1998 Through 2001

Date: April 8, 1999

Location: Orange, New Jersey

Assault Weapon: TEC-9 9mm pistol

On April 8, 1999, Officer Joyce Carnegie was killed with a TEC-9 9mm pistol. Condell Woodson pleaded guilty to felony murder in the death of Officer Carnegie. Woodson claimed that his gun accidentally went off, shooting Carnegie in the head and abdomen as she was attempting to arrest Woodson for armed robbery. Woodson also pleaded guilty to robbery and weapons offenses. Carnegie was the second policewoman killed in the line of duty in New Jersey history.

Amy Westfeldt, "Man Pleads Guilty to Policewoman's Murder," Associated Press, May 13, 1999.


Each weapon shown is representative of the brand or model of assault weapon and is not a picture of the specific weapon used in the shooting described in the narrative.

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