ORANGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man with a knife was shot and wounded by two police officers in Orange, New Jersey after he allegedly lunged at one of the officers, CBS2’s Matt Kozar reports.
Essex County prosecutors said the incident began around 9 a.m., when East Orange police responded to reports of a middle-aged man brandishing a weapon at a doughnut shop.
The East Orange officers told the suspect to drop the knife and attempted to subdue him when he refused their directives.
Witness Breyonna Thompson said, “they are asking him to put down the knife and they didn’t want to shoot him. That’s why they pepper-sprayed him.”
But the man got away and soon thereafter was confronted by two Orange police officers, who happened to be at a nearby park for a charity event.
Orange police told 1010 WINS the suspect lunged at a female officer, stabbing her. She and a male colleague then both discharged their weapons, firing six shots overall.
The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said. The other officer was treated for undisclosed injuries.
The suspect was taken to University Hospital in Newark in critical condition.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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