Officer happens upon armed robbery at Newark gas station, shoots would-be thief

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NEWARK, N.J. — A police officer happened upon an armed robbery at a Newark gas station and thwarted the theft by shooting one of the culprits, authorities said.

It happened about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at a Sunoco located at 378-392 Washington St.

Two men, one of whom was armed, entered the gas station and took money from one of the clerks, police said.

A Newark police officer happened to come in while the robbery was happening. The officer ordered the culprits to lie down but the armed man refused so the officer shot him once in the stomach.

Chief assistant Essex County prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said the man was taken to a hospital and another man was taken into custody.

The condition of the man who was shot by officers is not known.

The last time that gas station was robbed, the attackers were wearing masks so it's unclear if Thursday's would-be thieves were involved in the earlier stick-up, according to a clerk who works at the business.

The investigation is ongoing.