Ridgefield cop shoots at stolen BMW driven by North Bergen man who refused to pull over


A Ridgefield police officer shot at a gold BMW driven by a North Bergen man who refused to adhere to a traffic stop last week, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced.

Lawrence Finn, Anthony Acosta and Rodolfo Ramirez. Photos courtesy of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 12:28 p.m. on June 5th, a Ridgefield police officer observed a gold BMW 320i being operated in a reckless manner, Musella said in a statement.

The officer attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but the driver of the BMW did not stop, authorities said.

After approximately two minutes, the driver stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Shaler Boulevard and Elizabeth Street, and all three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody.

That same day, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office was notified that the officer discharged one round from his firearm at the termination of the pursuit.

No injuries were reported, and the discharge of the firearm remains under investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

Lawrence Finn, 21, of North Bergen the operator of the stolen BMW, was charged with eluding, receiving stolen property and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, officials said.

Additionally, Rodolfo Ramirez, 18, and Anthony Acosta, 19, both of West New York, were both charged with possession of less than 50 grams Of marijuana, police said.

Furthermore, Musella thanked the Ridgefield Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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