Paterson NJ police recently arrested a teen accused of shooting a cop on a city street.
The shooting incident occurred early in the morning. According to authorities, the 16-year-old suspect tried to rob someone near the intersection of Carroll Street and Park Street in Paterson, NJ.
When a Paterson cop showed up at the scene, the suspect allegedly used a firearm to attempt to shoot the officer. The police officer reportedly returned fire and shot the underage suspect.
Since the suspect is considered a juvenile, law enforcement officials are not releasing many details about him or the shooting. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office issued a press release and stated that the suspect’s case will be heard in the Passaic County Superior Court, Family Division.
The minor faces charges for the juvenile crime of delinquency. Passaic County NJ prosecutors said that the juvenile suspect would have been subject to more serious criminal charges for armed robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and drug offenses if he was over the age of 18.
The Paterson NJ police officer involved in the shooting is currently under investigation by internal affairs. This is standard procedure when a cop in New Jersey discharges their weapon.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “16-Year-Old Charged After Police-Involved Shooting, Authorities Say.”