Fleeing Newark Suspect Hit, Killed By Police Cruiser

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a police pursuit in Newark ended when a suspect trying to flee on foot after a crash was struck and killed by a police cruiser.

Thirty-two-year-old Rajon Chambers of Newark was pronounced dead at the scene early Saturday.

Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that the pursuit began around 2:30 a.m., when police responded to an assault report.

As officers arrived on scene, Chambers left in a girlfriend’s car. A short pursuit ensued, ending when Chambers crashed into a house. He then exited the car and tried to run, but was struck by the cruiser.

The name of the officer driving the cruiser was not immediately disclosed.

The incident remains under investigation.

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  • DB

    Once u flee from police anything can happen. All departments around the country are different. The state agency I work for they don’t like us to pursue for minor traffic violations, they’re cared of being sued. I’ve had one pursuit so far and the kid crashed his dirt bike but wasn’t hurt. The city agency that is in my jurisdiction will run you off the road in a pursuit.

  • Dblock

    I didnt know that running from cops means you automatically get killed.

    • AJT

      Running directly in front of a moving car can have that result

  • stoneman

    You should not flee from the police. Bad things will happen.

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