PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11) — A New Jersey state trooper was shot and wounded during a gunfight Thursday in Paterson, according to officials.
The trooper was on patrol near East 28th Street and Ninth Avenue around 12:50 a.m. when he was shot in the leg, authorities said.
First responders brought the trooper to an area hospital in what authorities described as stable condition.
One person was arrested, but “a few” others were still being sought Thursday, according to Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, who vowed that those responsible would be apprehended.
“It’s brazen, and shows it’s a warped world where people are shooting at cops,” said Sayegh. “We’ll let those … who perpetrated this know we’re going to get you.”
The identity of the arrested person and the charges against them haven’t been released. It’s still unclear where the incident began or the nature of the law enforcement operation.
The chase and the ensuing gun fight took place on the same stretch of Ninth Avenue where U.S. Rep. William Pascrell has lived for decades. After hearing about the shooting, he raced home from Washington to check on his wife.
“I wanted to make sure my wife was OK because it’s in our neighborhood. It’s not the first time something like this has happened. I love my neighbors. I was concerned about them. I was very concerned,” Pascrell said.
The joint Paterson/State Police operation eventually found the suspect vehicle abandoned a couple of blocks away.
The shooting sent armored vehicles and law enforcement personnel — some armed with long guns — flooding into the quiet residential neighborhood, as a wide perimeter was set up in an effort to secure the scene and apprehend the perpetrators.
Sayegh, who lives just blocks from the scene of the shooting, said Thursday morning that the trooper needed surgery.
“It could have been far worse,” the mayor said. “I can assure everyone our partners are working with our police department to apprehend these individuals.”