Off-Duty Newark Officer Shoots Robbery Suspect

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An off-duty Newark police officer has shot a man who allegedly tried to rob him at gunpoint.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s office tells the Star-Ledger of Newark that the incident started around 4:45 p.m. Monday when the man tried to rob the officer.

The officer fired, hitting the man in the chest.

Authorities say the suspect dropped his gun and fled, but turned up later in East Orange General Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

Police have not released the name of the suspect or the officer.

An off-duty Essex County sheriff’s officer shot at a suspect in a car theft attempt in Newark on Sunday. No one was injured in that incident.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • JumpinJackFlash

    This is one Christmas he will never forget if he lived throught it.

  • JumpinJackFlash

    Shoot first then ask questions. [fair enough]

  • Mad as Hell NJ Homeowner

    Newark Police should be re-trained by NYPD…when you shoot a criminal/thug..SHOOT FOR THE HEAD. Rid the streets and jails of them completely.

  • Fed Up....

    Well, as long as the lay-offs are in effect this is what to be expected.
    Even with the “normal force” out the crime was and will always be at an all time high. These criminals have no respect for anyone, they want what they want when they want it. Car, money, drugs, home invasion, by any means necessary.

  • Paul Kohloff

    Hope he dies

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