Paterson police shoot stolen car suspects as they sped toward him

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PATERSON, NJ – Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that on October 7, 2021, at approximately 2:00 a.m., members of the Paterson Police Department attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the area of Market Street and East 22nd Street. When a Paterson Police vehicle pulled in front of the stolen car with its overhead lights activated, the stolen vehicle drove around the police vehicle.

A Paterson Police Officer who had exited the police vehicle and was in the path of the stolen vehicle fired his service-issued firearm one time. The Paterson Police Officer was treated at Saint Joseph’s Hospital for minor injuries and has been released.

The suspect vehicle and its occupants at the time of the shooting are currently at large. It is unknown if any of the occupants were injured. Pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, the Attorney General Office of Public Integrity and Accountability has been notified. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office has been designated the independent prosecutor for this officer involved shooting,