According to authorities, the shooting went down around 9:30 p.m. A Newark police officer who was on patrol pulled over a motor vehicle along the 100 block of Sunset Street. When the cop stopped the suspect’s car and approached the vehicle, the suspect reportedly got out of the car and tried to flee the area on foot.
The police officer chased after the suspect. At some point during the chase, the suspect allegedly brandished a handgun and fired two gunshots at the Newark cop.
The Newark police officer returned gunfire and struck the suspect. Police then apprehended the suspect and took him to nearby University Hospital, where he received medical treatment for his injuries. The suspect was later listed in stable condition.
Meanwhile, Newark investigators searched the crime scene and reportedly recovered a handgun dropped by the suspect.
The police officer involved in the incident was also taken to University Hospital in Newark. Thankfully, he was not injured as a result of the shooting, so doctors simply evaluated him and then released him.
The police officer, a 10-year veteran of the Newark police force, was later praised by the Newark public safety director and the president of the Newark chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The suspect in the shooting is likely to be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Suspect Injured in Exchange of Gunfire with Newark Police.”