Family, friends learn identity of park ranger involved in shooting of Monroe man
Family and friends of a Monroe man shot in a New Jersey park packed Ramapough Lenape Indian Center Monday night as authorities revealed the identity of the park ranger involved.
Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli says 34-year-old park officer Chad Walder was the officer involved in the shooting of Emil Mann, 41, over the weekend. Batelli said Walder is answering questions from the prosecutor's office. Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting. Relatives at the scene say an altercation between Mann's family members and the officer led to the shooting. Walder has been suspended with pay.
Family members of the victim say they are angry Mann did not receive medical attention more quickly after the shooting. Mann remains in critical but stable condition at Hackensack University Medical Center. Batelli told the crowd that the shooting could be referred to a grand jury.
Meantime, Mann?s cousin, Otis Mann, was arraigned Tuesday on assault charges. Park police say he grabbed a police baton and tried to injure two rangers. Mann remains at the Bergen County Jail on $100,000 bail.