Harrison cop fires shots after being struck by suspect’s vehicle, prosecutor says

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A Harrison police officer fired shots after he was struck by a suspect’s vehicle during a traffic stop early this morning, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

A Harrison police officer fired shots at a suspect after he hit the officer with his car early this morning. Photo via RLS Metro Breaking News.
A Harrison police officer fired shots at a suspect after he hit the officer with his car early this morning. Photo via RLS Metro Breaking News.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

This morning at approximately 4:20 a.m., a Harrison police officer made a motor vehicle stop in the area of Jersey and South 7th Streets, Suarez said in a statement.

The vehicle stopped and as the officer initiated contact with the driver of the vehicle, the driver drove away, striking and injuring the officer as he fled. The officer discharged his service weapon during the incident, authorities said.

The prosecutor’s office did not disclose how many shots were fired or if the fleeing vehicle and/or suspect was struck.

The injured police officer was taken by Emergency Medical Services to St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Pursuant to Attorney General guidelines, the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor has taken over the investigation from the Harrison Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Internal Affairs Unit is in the early stages of the investigation.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with video or information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on their official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.