According to law enforcement, the shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. A Newark police officer was on patrol when he stopped a car on the 100 block of Sunset Street in Newark, New Jersey. As the Newark cop walked toward the vehicle, the suspect allegedly exited the car and attempted to flee the scene on foot.
The police officer gave chase, reportedly prompting the suspect to pull out a handgun and fire multiple gunshots at the cop.
The Newark cop returned fire and hit the suspect. Police officers then placed the suspect under arrest and transported him to University Hospital, where doctors treated him for his injuries. The hospital later listed the suspect in stable condition.
Meanwhile, Newark NJ investigators canvassed the area of the crime scene and allegedly found a handgun dropped by the suspect.
The police officer who was involved in the shooting was also taken to University Hospital for observation. He was later released from the hospital without injuries.
The police officer has worked with the Newark police force for 10 years. He was commended by the Newark public safety director and the president of the Newark chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The shooting suspect will probably be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Suspect Injured in Exchange of Gunfire with Newark Police.”