N.J. Trooper Dies During Training Exercise at Agency Headquarters

May 6, 2024
New Jersey State Police Trooper Marcellus E. Bethea, who was training at the agency's headquarters in Ewing when he died, had been a trooper for over eight years.

By Kevin Shea

Source nj.com

A New Jersey State Police trooper died Sunday during training at the agency’s headquarters in Ewing, officials said.

Trooper Marcellus E. Bethea, assigned to the Moorestown Station in Burlington County, was a trooper for over eight years, the agency announced on X (formerly Twitter).

State Police officials did not give any details about what training Bethea was undergoing, how he died or the tie of the incident. An investigation of Bethea’s death was ongoing Sunday night, officials said.

Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, Tammy, mourned and lauded Bethea in a statement, saying: “Trooper Bethea showed a passion and spark for service from a young age, participating in New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week while a student at Burlington Regional High School, and later graduating from the State Police Academy as part of the 156th class.”

“He embodied Honor, Duty, and Fidelity in its highest form every day and in everything he did,” Murphy said.

The State Police headquarters is located on a campus containing several buildings and facilities off River Road in Ewing’s West Trenton neighborhood.


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