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Suspected carjacker fatally shot by New Jersey state trooper

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UNION, N.J. (PIX11) -- A 35-year-old New Jersey man was fatally shot by state police after he drove a stolen Jeep toward them.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office said the incident began to unfold just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when a state police surveillance team observed the suspect get into a black jeep on Walker Ave. that was stolen from Bloomfield, New Jersey on April 17.

Troopers attempted to block the unidentified man from speeding away. As he drove toward them, one of the troopers opened fire.

Witnesses reported hearing at least three shots. The suspect, said to be from Parlan, New Jersey, was rushed to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead.

He reportedly had been shot in the stomach. None of the troopers involved was hurt.

Members of the State Attorney General's Response Team were on the scene on Walker Avenue in Union, leading the investigation. The Attorney General's office investigates all shootings involving state troopers.

State Police and Union Township Police were also on the scene gathering evidence, including spent shell casings.

Traffic in the area was snarled as police cordoned off several streets at the height of their investigation. The area was cleared shortly after 10 p.m. when the stolen vehicle and other vehicles involved in the incident were loaded onto a flatbed truck and driven away.

The attorney general's office is expected to provide the dead man's identity and additional details of the incident later Wednesday.