Newark Police Involved in Two Non-Fatal Shootings on Saturday Morning

Three men were arrested after an alleged car jacking, police said. One man was shot in the buttocks by a police officer.

Newark police was involved in two shootings on Saturday morning, one ending in the arrest of three alleged car jackers.

Around 10:30 a.m., Newark police was involved in a non-fatal shooting at Elizabeth and Meeker Avenues following a pursuit of three alleged carjackers, McClendon said.

According to preliminary accounts, McClendon said, police came across a 2008 Black Mercedes Benz at the intersection of 16th Avenue S. 10th Street that had been carjacked earlier by three unidentified suspects. 

The officers followed the vehicle, which came to a stop at Elizabeth and Meeker where it struck a marked patrol car, McClendon said. 

One of the three suspects—who all fled from the car—was armed, police said.

Police shot the armed suspect once in the buttocks, McClendon said. All three were arrested.

Police recovered the weapon at the scene. The suspect as well as one injured officer—who was involved in car crash during the pursuit—were sent to the Universtiy of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey for treatment of their non-life threatening injuries, McClendon said.

Earlier that morning, around 4:30 a.m., another police officer fired his gun at an allegedly armed suspect. Police responded to a report of a suspicious person with a firearm at East Kinney and Orchard Streets, according to Detective Todd McClendon. When the officer arrived at the scene a confrontation with the suspect followed and a shot was fired.

"It is unclear whether or not the suspect, who fled on foot and remains at large, was actually shot," according to McClendon. A firearm was recovered at 43 East Kinney St.

No injuries were reported as a result of this shooting and police is still looking for the suspect, McClendon said. 


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