Boyfriend Charged With 1st Degree Murder In Trenton Shooting

July 2, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force has charged a Trenton man with homicide after a shooting last night in the city, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On July 1, 2023 at approximately 10:19 p.m., Trenton Police received a 911 call reporting gunshots fired at 301 Hills Place, Trenton, New Jersey. Officers responded and located a female gunshot victim inside the residence at 301 Hills Place. The victim, later identified as Precious Saunders, 32, of Trenton, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. She was pronounced deceased at 11:05 p.m.

An investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department revealed that earlier in the day, Saunders was the victim of an assault at the same location and a complaint-warrant had been issued for her boyfriend, Jeremy Ratliff, 29, of Trenton, New Jersey, charging him with aggravated assault. He was located by Trenton Police at approximately 10:46 p.m. in the area of the Trenton Transit Center at 72 South Clinton Avenue and taken into custody on the aggravated assault warrant.

During the homicide investigation, Detectives learned that, during the second incident, witnesses heard screaming followed by several gunshots at 301 Hills Place. Ratliff was observed exiting the residence and fleeing on Hills Place towards Federal Street. Ratliff has been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose.

The investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and Trenton Police Department is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Karl Johnston at (609) 989-6406 or Sgt. Roberto Reyes at (609) 256-0997. Information can also be emailed to

Ratliff will be held at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Earlier story here:

Names of the 2023 Trenton Homicide Victims

  1. 1/16/2023 Donnell Williams, 29, Trenton, Shooting.
  2. 2/12/2023 Stephanie Vil, 34, of Burlington, Shooting.
  3. 2/16/2023 Khalil Glanton, 23, Trenton, Stabbing.
  4. 3/24/2023 Harold Rosario, 19, Trenton, Shooting.
  5. 3/26/2023 Nyeisha Saunders, 41, Trenton, Shooting.
  6. 4/09/2023 Jhosse Tolentino, 23, Trenton, Shooting
  7. 4/12/2023 Jared Anderson, Trenton, Shooting (died May 29)
  8. 4/14/2023 Daniel Garvin, 46, Trenton, Shooting
  9. 4/20/2023 Ralph Conquest, 43, of Lawrence, Shooting
  10. 5/14/2023 Roger Martinez-Rodriguez, 27, Trenton, Stabbing
  11. 5/14/2023 Justin Reed, 24, of Ewing, Shooting (died May 22)
  12. 5/26/2023 Sherief Treadwell, 36, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 6/09/2023 Markell Biggs, 20, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 6/11/2023 Shaquan Brown, 23, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 6/15/2023 James Junior Journigan, 36, Shooting
  16. 6/15/2023 Louis Washington, 38, Trenton, Shooting, (died June 17)
  17. 6/19/2023 Ernest Denard, 61, Stabbing
  18. 6/22/2023 Guillermo Sanchez, Shooting
  19. 7/01/2023 Precious Saunders, 32, of Trenton