Wagswoofs – A police chase occurred on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey after a stolen vehicle was involved. This pursuit led to a shootout, resulting in an injured officer and the death of the suspect, as reported by the state attorney general’s office.
The incident took place shortly before midnight on Thursday near Exit 131 in Woodbridge. A driver, who was operating a stolen work van, was being chased by the police. Upon exiting the vehicle, the driver started shooting a weapon, hitting a Cranford officer in the arm.
According to Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, he shared the account of the confrontation, explaining that “The guy spun out, the Cranford officers pulled up, and the guy basically got out shooting. The officers retaliated, and unfortunately, the suspect did not survive.”
The unidentified injured officer was quickly taken to University Hospital for treatment. According to Colligan, the officer suffered a through-and-through wound, fortunately avoiding any bone damage. After a thorough medical examination, the officer was discharged.
The police chase reportedly began at the intersection of Centennial and Grant in Cranford, close to a bustling bar, as per police sources. The incident is currently under investigation by the New Jersey attorney general’s office, which stated that a firearm was found in close proximity to the deceased suspect.
Residents are expressing their concerns about the dangers that police officers face. Cranford resident Eric Shea emphasized the current precariousness of the situation, stating, “We are living in an extremely dangerous time, where we cannot afford to take anything for granted.”
In April 2022, the attorney general’s office made revisions to the police pursuit guidelines. These revisions now permit pursuits in certain cases, such as residential burglaries and vehicle thefts. The decision to make these changes was driven by a rise in such crimes.
Mike Barry, a retired Port Authority Police sergeant currently working with the National Police Defense Foundation, stressed the significance of taking into account multiple factors during pursuits. These factors include road conditions, time of day, and the population density of the area.
The incident is currently under investigation by the attorney general’s office, so the Cranford Police Department has chosen not to provide any comments. Governor Phil Murphy, who is currently out of state, took to social media to express his support for law enforcement. In a post, he acknowledged the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety. The governor also mentioned that prayers are being offered for the officer’s quick recovery.