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Clark Police Officer Fires Gun At Suspect During Pursuit

CLARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A police officer fired at a suspect during a car chase in northern New Jersey that ended with the New York man’s arrest, authorities said.

According to Union County prosecutors, the pursuit started shortly after 5:15 p.m. Friday, when Clark police officers were notified that a man was trying to buy items with a fraudulent credit card at a Target on Central Avenue.

Arriving officers encountered 32-year-old Kasaine Pertet trying to leave in his car, and a detective fired one shot that hit the vehicle, Union County prosecutors said. The pursuit ended on West Grand Street in Elizabeth.

Pertet, of New Windsor, N.Y., was being held Saturday on $310,000 bail.

He faces two counts each of aggravated assault on a police officer and credit card theft, along with weapons offenses and single counts of eluding, criminal mischief, theft by deception and credit card fraud, Union County prosecutors said.

Following the incident, the Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team initiated an investigation into the use of force. The prosecutor’s office said this is the case with all instances in which an officer discharges his or her weapon.

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