A New Jersey trooper helped stop a mass shooting in which four people died, including a law enforcement officer, the state’s governor said on Tuesday.
Chris Christie said Trooper Ryan Rizzo helped stop an assault on a police officer outside a bar in September at the New Jersey Fairgrounds in Trenton.
Rizzo, who is now in his second year on the force, had been working for the state police at the time, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He was on a mission to make sure that the New York City police were safe, Christie said in a statement.
The troopers’ presence at the Fairgrounds helped prevent further deaths, Christie added.
The governor said Rizzio and his partner, Trooper Jason Lisi, were the first to arrive at the scene, but they were unable to locate the suspect and it was too dangerous to try to arrest him.
The shooter, a 24-year-old man named Mark Dwayne, was killed by police, Christie noted.
Dwayne, who lived in New York, had recently returned to New Jersey from Florida to attend college.
Raccoon Creek State Park, where the shooting took place, was not immediately accessible for comment.