CLARK, NJ – What began as a suspected credit card fraud at the Clark Target on Central Avenue ended as a raging car fire in Elizabeth this evening.
Clark police responded to a report by Target employees of a male attempting a credit card scam in the store. The suspect exited the store and police pursued the suspect’s car through the parking lot.
As a second responding unit entered the parking lot through the main Central Avenue entrance, the suspect allegedly rammed the police vehicle. The officer exited the vehicle. A shot was fired at the suspect’s car in self-defense. The suspect took off across a median and exited the parking lot via a rear driveway.
The ensuing pursuit traveled along Raritan Road, through Cranford, Roselle and into Elizabeth. Eyewitness reports from Roselle indicate the vehicle’s front tires were stripped and sparks were flying. The vehicle was engulfed in flames. The suspect was arrested by Clark police at the scene of the fire on West Grand Street in Elizabeth.
Two Clark Police officers were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Crime scene units had been called in and the incident remains under investigation.
“Our guys did a very good job. The other officers in pursuit did a very good job. It was a very controlled pursuit. Thank God our police officers are safe and the suspect is under arrest. That’s even better,” said Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.