FAIR LAWN, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) – Officials say two northern New Jersey police officers are recovering after being struck by shoplifting suspects in a fleeing vehicle.
Officials say Fair Lawn Sgt. Mike Messina fired at least one shot at the vehicle as sped away from the Walgreens parking lot on River Road Wednesday night. Police say the suspects apparently tried to run over the 44-year-old.
“The guy just floored it and backed up and drove away,” a worker in the strip mall said.
Messina was treated for bruises and released from a hospital.
“I could see he was shaken up,” the officer’s father, Nick Messina, who happens to be a photographer for the Bergen Record, said. “He had just been hit by a car and fired two shots; that’s not something that you do everyday.”
A second officer - whose name has not been released - remained hospitalized Thursday in stable condition.
Two women were arrested following the incident Wednesday night in Fair Lawn. They face numerous charges, including attempted murder. Bail was set at $1 million each for 30-year-old Cyrinthia Marlin and 31-year-old Priscilla Coleman, both of Newark. Both were being held Thursday afternoon in the Bergen County Jail.