According to a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, the officer was investigating a reported robbery in the area when he slipped and fell on ice.
The robbery was allegedly committed a short time before the accident. The police officer was canvassing the area near 16th Avenue and South 15th Street at the time of the accident.
The officer injured his shoulder and elbow in the fall. Not long after the fall, the officer was taken to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment. Thankfully, the injuries are not considered life threatening.
The Newark Police Department did not release the name of the injured officer.
The officer’s accident was reportedly caused, in part, by the arctic blast and extremely cold weather that recently hit New Jersey.
At this time, the suspect in the robbery has not been apprehended. If the suspect is eventually caught, they could be subject to significant penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies robbery as a second degree criminal offense. This means that anyone convicted of second degree robbery can potentially be sentenced to 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Officer Injured After Slipping on Ice While Searching for Robbery Suspect in Newark.”