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Prosecutor: NPD Officer Shoots Carjacker

Matter Under Investigation; Second Suspect at Large

An off-duty Newark police officer shot a man after an attempted carjacking around 5 a.m. Saturday, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

The police officer, whose name was not released, was in civilian clothes and in his personal car on 17 Avenue A when he was approached by two men, one of whom pointed a gun at the officer and demanded the car, the ECPO stated. The police officer reached for his own weapon and fired. The suspects fled in a second car and crashed into a parked car a short distance away on Emmet Street. One of the suspects was found with a gunshot wound and taken to University Hospital. The other suspect is still at large.

The officer involved in the shooting was also taken to a hospital.

A spokesman declined to release additional information about the shooting, which is under investigation by the ECPO Homicide Task Force - Professional Standards Bureau, and the Newark Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

In September, another off-duty Newark police officer shot a suspected carjacker near Charlton Street.

teamster1161 December 10, 2011 at 11:55 PM
you see if every honest citizen had the right to carry there would be less crime we could defend ourselves too
NORTH WARD December 11, 2011 at 04:41 PM
A good job by the officer to protect his life and property. Luckily, he had an opportunity to use his weapon and stop the carjacking. Unfortunately, one cretin survived and the other got away...enough of this violent crime in Newark!

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