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.

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