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State Trooper Injured, Suspect Shot Near Paterson Shopping Center

Scene of the incident in Paterson, N.J. (credit: CBS 2)

Scene of the incident in Paterson, N.J. (credit: CBS 2)

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PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A state trooper was injured Thursday night after apparently getting hit by a car while chasing down some suspects.

One suspect was shot and the trooper was struck by the suspect’s vehicle, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.

Paterson police and New Jersey State Police were still at the Chamberlain Shopping Center on Thursday night trying to piece together what happened.

Witnesses said the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. They said they saw undercover police officers pursuing as many as three suspects inside a blue Lexus sedan.

The sedan was seen pulling into a parking lot near a Rite Aid drug store and a Dunkin Donuts. Several unmarked police cars blocked the car from all sides and the vehicle was smashed on all sides, CBS 2’s Sanchez reported.

One witness said he had just come out of the Dunkin’ Donuts when heard police confronting the suspects.

“I heard a police officer holler ‘get out from behind the car.’ The car started to back up and apparently hit that police officer.  I heard a gun shot.  I heard a bunch of police officers yell ‘get out of the car, get out of the car’ and then I saw a gun flying across the pavement,” Jerry Balabanian said.

The witnesses said the driver of the sedan continued to resist arrest after he appeared to be shot in the shoulder.

At least three men were seen in handcuffs.

There was no word on the conditions of the officer hit by the vehicle or the suspect that was shot.