TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An off-duty New Jersey county sheriff’s officer who was shot and seriously wounded when he tried to intervene in a domestic dispute has won a $5.9 million civil judgment against the gunman.

A judge recently awarded the money to Joshua Hahn and his wife after Billy Heisler — who was convicted last month on attempted murder and weapons charges — failed to respond to the suit.

The 34-year-old Mercer County Sheriff’s officer suffered two punctured lungs and a shattered vertebra when he tried to break up a fight between Heisler and his sister at a Hamilton Township pizzeria in July 2007. Hahn eventually had to retire on permanent disability.

Hahn was awarded $963,871 in lost wages; $1.5 million for pain and suffering and $2.5 million in punitive damages. Hahn’s wife was awarded $1 million.

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Comments (4)
  1. George Scott says:


  2. PA TOLL HATER says:

    i dont think so

  3. Jimmy says:

    He can foreclose on any property the guy owns, including real estate, automobiles, boats, jewelry, you name it. He can also have his paycheck garnished, He will rent for the rest of his life, take the bus, etcetera. So yes, he will get some money

  4. John says:

    Will he ever get the money?

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