ELIZABETH, N.J. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Newark man has been arrested and charged for allegedly shooting and wounding an off-duty police officer outside a northern New Jersey strip club earlier this month.

Taquan Ward was arrested Friday without incident.  He is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and two weapons charges stemming from the Dec. 2 shooting, Union County prosecutors said.

According to authorities, a South Plainfield officer and two friends were leaving the club in Elizabeth when Ward tried to rob them at gunpoint.  The officer was shot multiple times and was hospitalized, however, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Bail for Ward was set at $700,000.  If convicted, the 21-year-old could face more than 40 years in state prison.

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