East Orange man charged with attempted murder of police officer

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EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey police officer was injured when a suspect fired a shot that was blocked by the officer's bullet-proof vest.

Authorities say the shooting occurred around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when East Orange Sgt. Mike Williams attempted to stop 29-year-old city resident Robert O'Neil, who was riding a bicycle. The officer returned fire and O'Neil fled the scene, but Williams used his radio to alert other officers and O'Neil was soon captured.

Robert O'Neil of East Orange was charged with attempted murder of an East Orange Police Officer. (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Robert O'Neil of East Orange was charged with attempted murder of an East Orange Police Officer. (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

A handgun apparently used in the shooting was recovered nearby.

Williams was shot in the stomach area and although the vest blocked the bullet, he was injured by its impact. Williams was being treated at a hospital and was expected to be released later Wednesday.

O'Neil is charged with attempted murder and various weapons offenses.