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6-Hour Siege at Campsite Ends Fatally

A six-hour siege of a gunman believed to have fatally shot one man and wounded three others, including two police detectives, ended at a New Jersey campground yesterday afternoon when a cordon of heavily armed officers closed in after hours of silence and found two men and a woman dead inside the suspect’s trailer. The Atlantic County prosecutor, Jeffrey S. Blitz, declined to identify the three people found dead shortly after 2:30 p.m. at the Pomona Campgrounds, in Galloway Township, about 10 miles northwest of Atlantic City, or say how they had died. He said autopsies would be conducted overnight. But neighbors and the camp’s proprietor identified the trailer’s owner as Gary Heiland, a pipefitter and gun enthusiast, and said that he, a girlfriend and a male acquaintance had been found dead at the end of a siege that involved scores of officers, including sharpshooters who had fired no shots and hostage negotiators who had no opportunity to speak to the suspect. Full Story

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