A Paterson New Jersey police officer has been indicted by a Passaic County grand jury for aggravated assault charges in connection with a shooting incident on a city street.
According to Passaic County NJ prosecutors, the suspect discharged his firearm on a Paterson street, near a 7-Eleven located on Main Street, just after 1:00 a.m. on February 25, 2016.
The suspect is a police officer with the Paterson Police Department. When the incident occurred, the suspect was off duty
The discharged firearm allegedly caused two people to be struck by bullet fragments. The victims included a 35-year-old man from Wanaque NJ and a 37-year-old man from Paterson NJ. They both received medical treatment at a local hospital.
The suspect allegedly failed to tell his bosses about the shooting incident until the next day. Additionally, it took more than a week for the suspect to be arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.
It is possible that the suspect will have to answer these charges at trial in Passaic County Superior Court now that a grand jury has indicted him.
A conviction on all of the criminal charges could lead to a sentence of 16 years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “North Jersey Cop Indicted in Off-Duty Shooting.”