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PATERSON, N.J. — A 25-year-old Paterson police officer was arrested and charged with pointing and shooting a gun at a victim, hurting two.

Dante L. Gordon, 25, of Paterson, was arrested 10 a.m. Friday in Princeton, New Jersey.

(Passaic County Prosecutor's Office)

(Passaic County Prosecutor's Office)

He was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose a handgun, which holds a maximum of 10 years in state prison.

Gordon was also charged with aggravated assault by pointing a handgun at another, and aggravated assault by recklessly causing bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon. Each charge carries a maximum of 18 months in state prison.

The incident occurred last Thursday at 1:20 a.m., outside a 7-Eleven at 262 Main Street.

Gordon, who off-duty at the time, allegedly pointed a handgun at Travis Mann, 34, of Wanaque, and shot.

Another victim, John Smith, 36, of Paterson, was in the vicinity of the discharge. Both victims suffered injuries as a result of the fragment or debris from the discharge.

Gordon posted bail for $10,000 Saturday afternoon and has an electronic monitoring bracelet on him.

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