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Cops: Camden Man Paralyzed In Fall While Running From Police

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CAMDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Camden, N.J. man fleeing from police injured his spine and is now paralyzed after he slipped on a wet roadway, according to authorities.

The accident happened Thursday night near an apartment complex, Camden County prosecutors said.

Authorities said Xavier Ingram went between two parked cars, and an officer heard a noise that sounded like a metal object being dropped after county police officers noticed the 21-year-old holding his waistband in a way that indicated he may have a gun.

After Ingram walked away, an officer found a handgun behind a parked vehicle’s tire.

The officers tried to stop Ingram when he left a nearby business, but he took off running and soon after slipped, falling hard to the ground.

Police handcuffed Ingram, who told the officers he couldn’t feel his legs. The officers stabilized his neck, and he was taken to a hospital. He remained there Saturday, but further details on his condition were not disclosed.

Ingram allegedly had four bags of heroin in his pockets when he was arrested. The gun recovered by police had been reported stolen in Gloucester Township.

Ingram was charged with resisting arrest by flight, receiving stolen property, drug possession and three weapons offenses.

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