A man in his early 40s was shot and killed this afternoon on a road beneath the St. Georges Bridge by a state environmental enforcement agent, who also was wounded in the exchange of gunfire.
Police say man killed was wanted on robbery charges in Newark.
1) Why do DNREC officials have guns?
2) And why are they attempting to apprehend a suspect, rather than calling for the real police?
UPDATE: Well, I glad to know that the rangers weren't trying to apprehend a known suspect, according to the News-Journal this morning
. They were merely looking into something weird when they were fired upon and they defending themselves. I do wish the article had explained why they were armed to begin with, although it appears fortunate that they were in this case.
A friend of mine is a former park ranger (for the national government). I'll see if she has some input.