Man, 76, shot by police who responded to wrong home

UPPER DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (WCMH) — A 76-year-old man who was shot multiple times when police mistakenly showed up at his home says he doesn’t hold a grudge.

Gerald Sykes says he was home a little before midnight when he noticed two men shining their flashlights inside his glass door. He thought they were robbers, so he grabbed his shotgun.

Turns out, state police were investigating a 9-1-1 hang up call, but the dispatcher mistakenly gave responding troopers the wrong address.

Sykes and the troopers then exchanged gunfire. One trooper shot four times, hitting Sykes in the chest and groin. Sykes also fired a single round from his shotgun, grazing one of the troopers.

“If one of those bullets had been another half inch (over) I wouldn’t be here,” Sykes told KYW-TV.

Investigators say its still unclear who fired first, but Sykes attorney says it was the officers.

Despite the incident, Sykes says he hasn’t lost his confidence in police.

“I don’t hold a grudge. I always believed in the police and I still do,” Sykes said.

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