PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A home invasion suspect allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed by a northern New Jersey police officer who was trying to apprehend him.
The shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday in Paterson, when the city officer encountered a motorist who fit the description of a man wanted in connection with the home invasion. A struggle ensued, and the officer fired one round which hit the suspect.
The man was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. The officer also was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, but further details on his condition have not been disclosed.
The shooting is under investigation by the prosecutor’s office, which is standard policy in police-involved shootings.
In a statement released on Saturday the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said that a knife with a black handle was located where the struggle took place.
The incident marked the third time in the past week that a Paterson police officer was involved in a shooting.
On New Year’s morning, an off-duty officer shot and wounded a suspect three times outside a bar after the man allegedly fired several shots at him, authorities. And on Dec. 29, officers responding to reports of shots fired soon found themselves being shot at by a suspect who was captured and charged with attempted murder.
In Newark police officers were also involved in a non-fatal shooting on Saturday, The Star-Ledger reported.
Officers responded to a call on North 5th Street and Dickerson Street in the North Ward shortly after 8 p.m. where they fired on and wounded a suspect.
A gun that allegedly belonged to the suspect was recovered at the scene, Police Director Samuel DeMaio said.
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