MAYS LANDING- This morning, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office recognized and honored Atlantic City Police Det. Josh Vadell (retired) and Det. Thomas McCabe as part of the First Annual Rooted in Justice Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony.
“On behalf of every law enforcement officer that has served in Atlantic County, past and present, we are hopeful that this tree serves as a reminder of the sacrifices that they make for our community each day. So many times we send flowers to mourning families. I cannot be more pleased that Det. Vadell and Det. McCabe are here to appreciate this tree and represent all of those who protect and serve Atlantic County,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
Det. Vadell and Det. McCabe were honored this morning with the planting of a redbud tree as National Police Week will begin on Sunday, May 12, 2019. In 1982, an annual Memorial Service gathering in Senate Park began and later became known as Police Week. Survivors and supporters honoring those fallen peace officers grew into a series of events that now includes candlelight vigils, pipe band competitions, conferences and National Peace Officers Memorial Service.
On September 3, 2016, Det. Vadell and Det. McCabe attempted to intervene in an armed robbery, disregarding their own safety to help others. Det. Vadell was shot and wounded. One suspect was shot and killed after shooting at Det. McCabe and two other suspects fled and were later located by law enforcement.
On June 22, 2018, Martel D. Chisolm, 31, of Millville and Demetris Cross, 30, of Bridgeton were convicted after a jury found them guilty of the following charges:
- Fourth degree Aggravated assault by pointing a firearm at another
- Fourth degree Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault by Knowingly Pointing a Firearm at Another
- First degree Attempted Murder of Atlantic City Police Officer Thomas McCabe
- First degree Attempted Murder of Atlantic City Police Officer Josh Vadell
- 3 counts of First degree Robbery
- Second degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
- Fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of Law
- Fourth degree Resisting Arrest by Flight
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.