A third Bridgeton man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a State Police detective last month in Salem County.

Kareen “Kai” Warner Jr., 19, was also charged with second-degree aggravated assault on a police officer and second-degree weapons offenses in the April 25 shooting of Detective Richard Hershey, according to a joint news release from the state Attorney General’s Office and State Police.

Two other city men, Najzeir “Naz” Hutchings, 21, and Tremaine M. Hadden, 27, were previously charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer and weapons offenses.

A fourth city man, Colby Opperman, 18, was previously charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, according to the release. Hutchings, Warner and Opperman were ordered detained in the Salem County jail pending trial, while Hadden is in custody awaiting a detention hearing.

In addition, 10 others were charged Friday with second-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and third-degree rioting, officials said.

Those charged include Ashley Diaz-Acevedo, 22, of Bridgeton; Melissa Romero, 22, of Bridgeton; Noel Lazu, 20, of Bridgeton; Markese Rogers, 25, of Pittsgrove; Aisha McArthur, 25, of Vineland; Rovell L. McArthur Jr., 26, of Vineland; Jenislen Quiles, 19, of Bridgeton; Shakeem Waters, 31, of Bridgeton; Thomas Nieves III, 30, of Bridgeton; and Chayana Diaz, 22, of Bridgeton.

All but Waters, who is being sought on a warrant, were arrested Friday morning, according to the release.

According to state and local authorities, five women ranging in age from 22 to 52 forced their way into a residence in a Pittsgrove mobile home park April 25 and assaulted a woman and stole her cellphone. The woman suffered a broken rib and lacerated lung.

Several hours later, a group of people drove to the park and confronted Hershey. According to State Police, Hadden and Hutchings opened fire, wounding Hershey in the upper leg. Hershey returned fire, wounding a woman in the leg.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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