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Business Owner Pulls Own Gun, Kills Robber In Newark

Suspect Had Demanded Cash, Gold; Threatened Owner's Family
A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit: CBS 2)

A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A business owner shot and killed a robber Monday in Newark.

Around 3:20 p.m., the suspect walked into an unidentified business in the 500 block of Central Avenue in Newark with a loaded gun and a backpack, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and Newark police.

The suspect announced a robbery, and ordered the owner to fill the backpack with money and gold. The suspect said he would shoot the owner’s family members if the owner did not comply, authorities said.

But the owner fought back. He pulled his own gun, and shot the suspect.

The suspect was taken to University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

The identity of the suspect has not been determined. The Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force launched an investigation, but no charges were immediately filed, authorities said.

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