On December 7, 2009, New Jersey State Correction Officer Darrell Kornegay was walking to his car after buying food at a restaurant on Springfield Avenue in Irvington Township, one of the township’s main drags, when he was attacked close to 9:00 p.m. A masked man carrying a handgun, later identified as Raymon Scott, stopped Officer Kornegay, demanding money and car keys. After Kornegay said he was a corrections officer, Scott opened fire and ran.

According to State officials, Kornegay carries a handgun when off duty and fired at Scott, hitting him several times. Scott then entered a vehicle that later dropped him off at East Orange General Hospital. Thereafter, Scott was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and robbery.

Officer Kornegay is a 17 year veteran at Northern State Prison in Newark. This incident illustrates the dangers that public safety officers face not only during the course of their employment, but outside of it. It also shows how public safety officers try to ensure public safety whether on duty or off. Please check this blog periodically to ascertain updates regarding this incident as an investigation by the Attorney General’s office is underway.