UPDATE: A New Jersey State Police trooper shot a Paterson driver last night as he tried to run him over while trying to flee a drug arrest, state authorities confirmed this morning. The driver is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, among other offenses.
Detectives moved in on a group of male suspects after spotting a drug deal going down around 8:15 near a shopping center at Chamberlain Avenue and West Broadway, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
A man identified as Ariel Acosta then drove at the detective, who fired his weapon and struck Acosta in the chest before he was pinned between the car and an unmarked radio car, the release said.
Acosta, 26, was taken to the Passaic County Jail after being treated at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. He is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and other offenses, authorities said.
The officer was treated for injuries to his leg.
Authorities confirmed that two others were arrested: Yoel Sanchez, 30, of Paterson, and a 17-year-old boy, also of Paterson, who they said was carrying a loaded .22-caliber Ruger.
Like Acosta, Sanchez and the teenager face counts involving drugs and weapons.
State trooper, suspect hospitalized after drug-deal shooting in Paterson
Thursday, 20 September 2012 21:04 Jerry DeMarco
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A New Jersey State Police detective hit by a car was fine and a suspect was being treated for a gunshot wound in the shoulder, both at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, after an undercover drug deal in Paterson went bad Thursday night, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned. READ MORE….