Authorities In Newark Investigate Police-Involved Shooting Of Car Theft Suspect

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Essex County officials say they are investigating a police-involved shooting of a 44-year-old man, who was suspected of stealing a car in Newark.

The shooting, which left the suspect critically wounded, occurred at 6:15 p.m. Monday after police used a security tracking device to locate a Volkswagen SUV a woman had reported stolen.

Officials say when an officer confronted the suspect in the vehicle, he drove up onto the sidewalk, striking a female pedestrian and dragging her. They say the officer, a 17-year department veteran, fired his weapon, wounding the suspect.

The 32-year-old woman who was struck by the SUV is hospitalized in stable condition. The suspect is at the same hospital in critical condition. His name was not released.

Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio commended the officer for his “heroic actions.”

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  • Daphne

    As a “previous homeowner” who is is the process of selling a very expensive piece of property in Newark has seen it all too real. Newark has the worst crime and car theft that anyone can imagine. Majority of the car thefts are the young kids who basically have nothing to do with their time. The fact an adult man has done this is “shocking” A great percentage of the people are drug addicts and the unemployment rate is disgusting. Newark is how New York was in the 70’s, the drug dealers outnumber the working class. Properties that sold for $500G+ are now significantly reduced and being sold at $250G. The Banks don’t want to get off the Federal Government Assistance Fund to possibly re’finance or modify the mortgages because they know it’s a losing battle. They send the Appraisers, and they run back and “say it’s not worth our time nor money”. The people have deteriorated the city, no-one with a clear and sensible mind would what to perhaps stay and raise a family. It’s frightening, other re-enforcements need to be put into place, too many of the young people are out all hours and don’t have jobs..their parents are the users and have no control nor discipline when it involves them. Honestly, this is out of Mayor Bookers’ hands. I say turn the city over to the National Guards to perhaps bring some resolution to the crime that has absorbed this city.

  • Peter

    one less thief.

  • Needs target practice

    What a waste of a bullet .Please officers when you shoot these lowlifes please kill them so our tax-paying money does not have to support them in prison for next 10 years.Hopefully the hospital messes up and we can get the outcome we need.

  • Brian newyorker

    He should have killed the monkey

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