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Deptford Police Officer James Stuart Charged in Shooting

A 27-year-old Woodbury man was shot in the head inside the officer's home early Saturday morning, authorities said.

A Woodbury man is in critical condition after a Deptford police officer shot him inside the officer's home early Saturday morning. 

David Compton, 27, of Woodbury, was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with a single gunshot wound to the head. 

Deptford police officer James Stuart, 29, was charged Saturday with two counts of aggravated assault (one second degree and one third degree) in connection with the shooting, which happened at the officer's home on Stanford Avenue in Deptford at about 5 a.m. 

Compton is not a police officer, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. 

Stuart posted the $10,000 bail set on his charges and was released from custody. An officer for about five years, he has been suspended from the Deptford Police Department with pay, pending an investigation into the shooting.

As required, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office has notified the state Attorney General's Office of a police-involved shooting. However, the prosecutor's office investigation into the circumstances of the incident continues.

TheMick January 06, 2013 at 07:36 PM
damn time off WITH pay, when you shoot someone in the head. i need to be a policeman smfh
John Q January 06, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Deptford police must be proud. But don't worry, he'll get off with a slap on the wrist.
theresa barnett January 07, 2013 at 03:08 AM
It's 1/6/2013 10:00p.m. Did I miss an update? Was this a friend ? If so why did the gun have to come out? Wow what a position to be in, good or bad .
John Doe January 07, 2013 at 06:43 AM
I know both and yes they were friends and the officer James Stuart and David Compton were known to me. They were out on Friday the night before the accident and this is hear say right now all of it. I think that it was a personal gun and again this is hear say and the officer James Stuart called 911, again here say. James was up at 5am because he had a shift for the Deptford Department. My thoughts and prayers are with them both. We all went to the same High School and were together involved with school activities. This shooting noone can assume anything or speak bad about the police or what happened unless the facts reveal that James is in fact guilty to the fullest. I hope this was an accident but noone knows because noone is releasing information which David Compton can't give a statement. I am sure the man has enough guilt and I hope everyone in this situation turns out ok rightly so. James was always a man to help you if you needed it if he could and was there for his friends and it breaks my heart that two people who I am friends with and friends with each other had something like this happen.
Paul Dougherty January 08, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Someone must have come home early.
Bob Citizen January 08, 2013 at 12:41 PM
That's a great personal testimony "John Doe" Bob Citizen
withheld January 08, 2013 at 09:02 PM
My daughter is friends with David Compton and stated that he is a terrific guy and never ever causes problems. Why would the officer have a gun out at 5am in the morning that was pointed at his friend. There is no excuse for this and the officer must lose his job with the police and serve time for his actions whether unintentional or not as he must be held to a higher standard.
withheld January 09, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I would like to let everyone know with sorrow that Dave Compton was just taking off life support and his family and friends are saying good bye to him as I write this James Stewart you should be taken care of as I stated in the post above. There is no excuse for what you did intentionally or not.
concerned deptford citizen January 10, 2013 at 06:59 AM
I am not condemning nor am I defending the actions of office Stuart but no one besides those two men were in that room that morning. We can not speculate what occurred between those two men and we may never find out, but until they to a proper investigation we should not be handing out punishments. We still don't know if this was accidental or intentional. Tragic accidents happen everyday due to careless mistakes and poor judgement when it comes to handling a firearm. And yes it is true that as a police officer he should be held to a higher standard the fact still remains that he is human and unfortunately accidents happen. If anyone one of us had made a tragic mistake that involved taking someone's life we would be begging the court for mercy. If this was Intential he should be prosecuted to the gull extent of the law. However, accidental or not he has the right to due process and should be assumed innocent until proven guilty and given a fair trial just like anyone else. To the family and friends of David Compton my heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.
maybe its me January 12, 2013 at 01:09 PM
When you are not on duty in your own house at 5am with a friend why would you bring your gun out?
cindi January 15, 2013 at 04:57 AM
I would like to first start out by stating that my thoughts and prayers go out to both families. And may David Compton rest in peace. And if your daughter had any brain and was a friend of poor David, you may have known the path of the bullet. And if that is truly the case you must know that it was an accident. And you would probably know a little bit about the law? And the stipulations concerning the charges? And all of the facts about the case too right? And you would also know that as of that post that you had made, David was not taken off of life support? In fact that it was over twelve hours after your post. If you do not know anything about the situation, why must you post condemning officer Stuart? Ohh and guess what if you knew about the case, you may have spelled his name correct :)
Deptford kid January 28, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Whether it was an accident or not fact is someone was shot, and now that person is dead. So, on that one reason alone and no other excuses accident or not. He should be on trial for murder. Im sure he did not mean to shoot his friend. Im sure the guilt he has is far wrose then any sentence they give him. Unfortunitly he broke the law he shot someone, and now friend or not that person has passed. Its time to pay the piper.
deptford man February 28, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Accident or not.. I grew up in Deptford and the police there take their jobs seriously.. It might be a smaller town but they do their jobs correctly.. And being a cop what if he was just getting off work or going to work that would explain the gun.. And 5am you never know what could have happened.. And just like someone said before me no one will ever know what happened in that house except those two men.. And tragically dead men tell no lies... And no punishment is ever great then dealing with the lose of a friend accidental or not.. And hell have to live with that for the rest of his life.. My deepest sympathy goes out to both families


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