Police shoot man after he allegedly pulls out gun during traffic stop in Toms River, NJ

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. – Authorities are investigating a police-involved shooting after wounding a man who allegedly pulled out a gun on officers during a traffic stop.

A suspect was wounded after officers returned gunfire, striking him once. (PIX11)

A suspect was wounded after officers returned gunfire, striking him once. (PIX11)

Toms River police said officers on patrol approached a suspicious vehicle on the corner of Cedar Drive and Haines Drive around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Suddenly, the 29-year-old man inside pulled out a gun on officers – who then shot the suspect once, according to police. He ran away into Toms River by jumping over a cement head at the dead of the street before he was caught an hour later with the assistance of local authorities, police said.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Police did not say if they found a gun.

Further investigation will be led by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Ocean County Prosecutors’ Office.

The shooting happened on the heels of a deadly ambush of a dozen officers in Dallas Thursday night and two fatal police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week.

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