NJ trooper shoots suspect in Paterson - New York News

NJ trooper shoots suspect in Paterson

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Chamberlain Ave. & W. Broadway, Newark, N.J., Sept. 20, 2012 Chamberlain Ave. & W. Broadway, Newark, N.J., Sept. 20, 2012
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The Attorney General's Office is investigating a shooting near a strip mall in Paterson.

Authorities say a New Jersey state trooper shot a man as the suspect tried to run him over.

The state Attorney General's Office says troopers were trying to make a drug arrest when Ariel Acosta, 26, of Paterson drove toward the detective on Thursday night.

Officials say the detective, whose name has not been released, fired one shot, striking Acosta in the upper chest area.

The detective was hit in the right leg by Acosta's car. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

Acosta was released from St. Joseph's Medical Center hospital and processed at the State Police barracks in Totowa. He faces multiple charges including attempted murder, reported NJ.com.

Two other suspects were also arrested without incident.

The shooting at Chamberlain Ave. and West Broadway is the latest in a spiking crime rate in Paterson.

The City Council is considering calling for a state of emergency to reduce the current crime epidemic.

A state of emergency would facilitate funding for the city to help fight crime.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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