The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team is probing an early morning Weehawken incident where a police officer was struck by a car, prompting a second officer to shoot the driver.
At approximately 5 a.m. this morning, members of the Weehawken Police Department were patrolling a neighborhood recently affected by a number of auto thefts, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.
Officers then observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway on Regency Place. While attempting to approach the vehicle, the driver took off, striking an officer who was on foot.
As a result, a second officer discharged his service weapon. A short time later, the man crashed his vehicle into an occupied Port Authority Police Department vehicle and continued a short distance before coming to a final stop.
The man, who has not been identified, was found to have an apparent gunshot wound and is currently being treated at Jersey City Medical Center for injuries that are not considered life threatening at this time.
The officer struck by the vehicle received medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
In accordance with guidelines by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and NJOAG were notified.
The HCPO SRT is actively investigating the matter and no additional information is available at this time.