A former NYPD cop recently intervened in an attempted robbery at a store located in Garfield, New Jersey.
The theft incident occurred at the Tobacco Road store in Garfield, NJ. According to Essex County law enforcement, the robbery was stopped by a former New York City police detective who shot and injured the suspect.
The retired cop was inside the store and assisting the owner, the owner’s wife, and the owner’s son when the suspect reportedly walked into the establishment. The suspect was wearing a hoodie and brandishing a handgun as he threatened to shoot the other people in the building.
The retired police officer was able to grab the suspect’s hands and stop him from using his weapon. A struggle ensued, with the ex-cop falling to the ground and then using his own firearm to shoot the suspect in the leg.
Afterwards, the robbery suspect reportedly led the store and fled the area. Garfield NJ cops were later able to find the suspect and arrest him.
The ex-police officer who heroically intervened in the robbery attempt used to work with the NYPD narcotics unit in Queens, New York.
The suspect, a 27-year-old Hasbrouck Heights NJ resident, has been charged with a number of crimes, including armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
For additional information about this case, view the New Jersey News 12 article, “Retired NYC Police Officer Shoots, Wounds Garfield Robbery Suspect.”