Manhunters Cop Son Fatally Shot
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY — The 18-year-old son of retired Trenton police Sgt. Luddie Austin was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon.
Around 5 p.m., a woman identifying herself as the mother of James Austin called The Trentonian wanting to discuss James Austin’s murder with a reporter.
She also said James Austin was shot by someone while he was fighting with another man.
She requested a meeting on the first block of Hewitt Street, but upon arriving at the address she provided, it was discovered the home at the given address had been vacant for months.
But a silver Honda Civic with extensive damage to the windshield, which matched the description given by police of the suspect’s vehicle, was found.
Luddie Austin was a Trenton police sergeant, but was loaned to the U.S. Marshals’ service during the later years of his career.
He was featured on the A&E show “Manhunters” about the Marshalls’ fugitive task force.
Luddie Austin said the news of his son’s death left him feeling “numb.” He has received a huge outpouring of support from local law enforcement, which includes the Trenton Police Department, the Mercer County Prosectutor’s Office and the U.S. Marshalls, he said.