Florida police officer who grew up in NJ dies after shooting

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A Florida police officer who was raised in Wayne has died after being shot in the line of duty.

Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller died Saturday, a week after he was shot in the head trying to arrest a fleeing robbery suspect. The Fort Myers officer had been in critical condition since last Saturday night, when he was injured at a gas station.

The announcement was made at a fundraiser for Officer Jobbers-Millers in Fort Myers.

Fort Myers police issued a statement saying, "It is with a heavy heart that we inform our community that Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller has passed away....We ask that you continue to pray for Officer Jobbers-Miller's family, friends and our entire Fort Myers Police Department family."

Jobbers-Miller learned his passion for service in his hometown of Wayne Township. He was a volunteer firefighter at Wayne Fire Company No. 2. His father is the former chief of the department and his sister is a longtime member of the first aid squad.

Wayne mayor Christopher Vergano said Jobbers-Miller's sudden death is like losing a family member.

"It's a tragic loss for all of us," Vergano said.

Jobbers- Miller's former crew members did not want to speak on camera but said he was "not afraid of anything and had a big heart."

Jobbers-Miller is the sixth Fort Myers police officer to die in the line of duty.

A vigil will be held in Wayne for Jobbers-Miller Monday. Funeral arrangements are pending. 

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