Strip mall shoplifting bust turns into deadly police shooting

Cops were hunting for a robbery suspect on Monday after one of his alleged accomplices was fatally shot by a cop she was trying to run over at a strip mall in New Jersey, authorities said.

Police in Deptford Township responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress at a Marshall’s department store on 1800 Clements Bridge Road at about 3:40 p.m. Saturday and found three suspects who fled the store with a “substantial amount of unpaid merchandise,” according to a statement by Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.

One of the suspects, Raoul Gadson, 43, of Philadelphia, was struggling with security guards when responding cops approached him. He then fled on foot while his two alleged female accomplices — LaShanda Anderson, 36, and Chanel Barnes, 27, both of Philadelphia – ran toward a rented Nissan Armada, Weisenfeld said.

Officers then told Anderson, who was behind the wheel, to stop, but she instead accelerated toward them and struck a patrol captain with an open driver-side door. Anderson then tried to “deliberately run over” a sergeant who fired three shots into the Nissan, striking Anderson twice.

The speeding Nissan narrowly missed the second cop and continued across a parking lot before exiting via an access road, Weisenfeld said.

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Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy later found her cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

Barnes was arrested and charged with shoplifting. She remained held at the Salem County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing, Weisenfeld said.

The sergeant who shot Anderson – a 17-year department veteran – was treated at a hospital before being released. He has since been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting, Weisenfeld said. The police captain was not hurt. Both officers were not identified.

Gadson, who faces charges of second-degree robbery and assault, remained on the run Monday. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at (856) 466-6192.

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