Maurice Gordon, 28

Bass River, New Jersey
May 23, 2020

Agencies: New Jersey State Police

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 4 years ago


As reported by, Maurice Gordon was shot dead by a state trooper during a routine traffic stop in Burlington County, New Jersey, and his family is still seeking answers.

According to the family’s lawyer, William O. Wagstaff III, the incident happened after the trooper stopped Gordon, 28, for speeding on the Garden State Parkway. When Gordon’s car wouldn’t restart, a tow truck was called and the trooper waited with Gordon.

The trooper’s name has yet to be released. Gordon was a native of Jamaica and lived in Poughkeepsie, New York.

“Mr. Gordon did not want to remain in his vehicle so he was invited by the trooper to sit in the back of the trooper’s vehicle,” Wagstaff stated. “Once in the back of the trooper’s vehicle he was made to sit there for more than 30 minutes without any information being provided, not being issued a ticket, and there was no indication he was under arrest.”

Wagstaff then stated that an altercation happened when Gordon attempted to vacate the trooper’s car and that’s when he was shot.