NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prosecutors say a New Jersey teenager died after he tried to carjack an off-duty Newark police officer, which led to a shootout with the officer and a failed getaway that ended with a car crash.

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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says the officer, whose name wasn’t disclosed, was confronted around 5:15 a.m. Saturday by 17-year-old Vincent Owens of Newark.

The officer and Owens then exchanged gunshots, and Owens was struck at least once before he got into a waiting stolen getaway vehicle with several other people inside. But it soon crashed, and Owens was ejected.

“I just heard gunshots, I seen the cops out here after and seen someone lying on the ground,” said one woman who lives nearby.

Owens died a short time later at a hospital. But it’s not clear if he died from his gunshot wounds or injuries suffered in the crash.

The officer was treated for shock.

Police are still searching for the other suspects who were inside the stolen car.

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Comments (35)
  1. RoyAllen says:

    Live by the gun,die by the gun, I feel for his parents,but the young felon got what he deserved!

  2. Vern Boocanon says:

    “17-year-old Vincent Owens of Newark” had just completed his newspaper delivery route and was on his way to choir practice … Speedy recovery to the police officer … thankfully one less criminal crawls the earth thanks to his efforts.

  3. Steve McCluskey says:

    his family should sue the car thief who was driving the get away car…..ya think maybe?

  4. CT Native says:

    Only Black-Americans commit gun crimes? Grow up you RACIST IDIOT.

  5. James Woods says:

    Just goes to show that an armed citizenry that has firearm training really can make a difference.

    Without that gun the cop may be dead or would of at least became another statistic of infamous jersey carjackings.

    Instead the media will probably show their sympathy for the teen and use the teens gun usage as another way to attack law abiding citizens gun rights.

  6. Justine says:

    Well I guess he won’t do that again.

  7. Rick says:

    Don’t y’all know, this can’t happen in New Joisey because regular citizens can’t have guns there, much less street thugs !

    Right !

  8. Andrew Nutra says:

    A 17 year old shot dead? I don’t feel bad about him whatsoever.

  9. DaEmph says:

    One less POS people have to deal with.

  10. Reality Check says:

    My taxes should decrease by one less savage but Nooooooooo, there are a 1000s that will take his spot some even spawned this morning.

  11. Why did you vote for this guy? says:

    2012 is the year we finally wake up and admit:


    Not a peep on youth violence nothing about slashing women and stabbing the guy for his air jordans, nothing about demanding black boys Man up and take care of their kids

    nope silent we cant talk about these things in polite company….and he’s off t another vacation..

    YUP he sure does HATE BLACK PEOPLE

  12. skip rooney says:

    one less Leroy making the streets of newark unsafe.

  13. Blackrock says:

    Another good YOUNG MAN who was just trying to get his life together: He was studying for the G.E.D, he has a child on the way, and he was forming a community block association. Ninety homicides, numerous robberies, numerous stabbings and shootings. The “PEOPLE” of Newark continue to complain about police brutality. It seems that “THEY” are in a WARPED STATE OF DENIAL.

  14. John says:


  15. God cares says:

    The crash killed him, not the gunshot.

  16. John Roberts says:

    Aw come on he was a good boy and he was trying to get his life back on track.
    He makes one more mistake and it’s the end of the world for him.
    What would Obama say? Other than one less vote?

    1. Jean says:

      I hope to God you’re being sarcastic. He did not make “one mistake” He already had a record for, guess what? Car jacking. And even if it had been the first time, that “one mistake” could have cost that officer his life. as has happened to so many others. I so don’t feel sorry for him. He got what he deserved

  17. Newarker says:

    Vincent Owens was supposed to be serving a 4 year juvenile detention sentence in connection in a plea deal to which he agreed for a number of carjackiings and robberies he committed in June 2010. I guess the NJ Department of Corrections released him early….

    1. God cares says:

      It wouldn’t have mattered. This was ordained.

    2. what_goes_around_ says:

      Ha Ha – this is not the first time a messed up liberal judge has given a bad kid an undeserved break and somebody died because of it…

  18. xcop says:

    more prof the babies father experiment by the black race is not working

  19. Jay says:

    Great News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Elvis says:

    He buys a gun steals a car tries to run but he dont get far and his mama cries

    1. Glenn Erdmann says:

      Daddy cries too………but he is already in the penal system.

    2. tookaa says:

      That is The Way It Goes…In The Getto…..

  21. Ken says:

    Great Job Officer, Good Guys 1 Dirt Bags 0

  22. Terry Woebegone says:

    You people are buncha meanies! He obwiuswy was a twubbled teen who needed attenshun he nevah got. Onwuy a wad.

  23. fritz von says:

    Botched car jacking????????? That’s how it’s supposed to end.

    1. Glenn Erdmann says:

      I agree 100 %

  24. MULTICULTURALISM SUX says: (western voices world news)

  25. Rand Fan says:

    Bravo! Self protection is a very positive right that would be best if used by more people. This police officer’s actions show the positive aspects of the right of self defense.

  26. Shawn Austin says:

    The policeman was doing his job ! Bravo !!

  27. Mike says:

    I agree with Barry. Glad the dirtbag is dead.
    That’s why I would never move to a city with gun control. All it does is prevent the innocent honest people from protecting themselves. These animals who have the guns obviously are not going to obey the law!
    Unless your an off duty cop, you are sitting prey with no means of counter defense!

  28. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    All I can say is good job no babies daddy here in the future .GOOD JOB

  29. Barry says:

    Poor poor dirt bag how sad, his family will say he was a great kid and will now find another low life lawyer to try to sue the city and the cop for killing this dirt bag. Great job for makig the city a little better.

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