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Police Officer Shoots, Kills Suspect In Paterson, N.J.

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Paterson police cruiser (Photo: CBS 2)

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PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Paterson police officer shot and killed a home invasion suspect early Saturday, marking the third such incident in recent days.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. near Rosa Parks Boulevard and Franklin Street in Paterson.

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 incident marked the third police-involved shooting over the past week.

On New Year’s morning, an off-duty officer shot Elijah Morales, 28, outside a bar on South Main Street in Paterson after Morales allegedly fired several shots at him, according to NorthJersey.com. Information on Morales’ condition or whether he had been charged was not available Saturday.

And on Dec. 29, someone began firing at police officers responding to reports of gunfire on North Main Street, the publication reported. Officers fired back, but no one was hit, the publication reported.

Quentin McEachin, 25, was charged with attempted murder in that incident, the publication reported.

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