BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Chief Anthony Ambrose of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office has issued the following statement regarding an incident that occurred in Bloomfield with a Clifton Police detective.
"Acting Prosecutor Carolyn Murray is reporting that a Clifton Police detective accidentally shot himself after pit-bull charged at him in the Township of Bloomfield.
Yesterday, at 3:40 p.m. two Clifton Police detectives were investigating an incident that occurred in Clifton and led them to the 100 block of Harrison Street in Bloomfield.
As the detectives knocked on the door of the location an occupant open the door of the house when a pit-bill ran out of the house and charged at the detectives . One of the detectives (a 16 year veteran of the Clifton P.D.) fired one shot from his service weapon striking his hand and the pit-bull. The detective was rushed to a nearby hospital and is presently listed in stable condition.
The second detective(a veteran also) was not injured and did not fire his weapon. The dog was injured, removed by animal control and rendered aid.
The investigation is being handled by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Professional Standards Bureau and the Clifton Police Internal Affairs."
Clifton Police Chief John E. Link said, "I'm confident that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office will conduct a thorough investigation and we offer our full cooperation."
Clifton Police officials referred any additional inquiries to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.