Police & Fire

Union County Prosecutor's Office Releases Statement of Charges Against Knife-Wielding Clark Man

Emmanuel Goda, 36, of Clark is charged with attempted murder after a machete tirade ended with a police gunshot Credits: Essex County Jail courtesy of RLS Media
Emergency crews on scene of police shooting in Clark Tuesday evening. Credits: J. Mooney

ELIZABETH, NJ – In a statement released Wednesday, the Union County Prosecutor’s office identified Emmanuel Goda, 36, of Clark as the machete-wielding man shot by a Clark Police officer on Tuesday evening.

Goda has been charged with with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted aggravated assault, and two related weapons offenses, with bail set at $600,000 by state Superior Court Judge William Daniel.

Initial findings indicate that “at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday police received reports that a male later identified as Goda was threatening local residents, lunging at passing vehicles with a knife, and otherwise acting erratically in the area of Lake and Cellar avenues in Clark," according a press release from the prosecutor's office.

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According the report, when Clark police arrived on the scene, Goda refused to drop his weapon after repeated request by officers." Instead, Goda advanced toward one of them. Goda continued to advance until “one of the officers fired a single shot from his service weapon, striking Goda in the torso,” the report said. Goda was taken to a hospital for treatment and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

As a precaution, two Clark police officers were also taken to the hospital, the prosecutor's office said. No one else was hurt.

In its statement, the UCPO said the investigation is continuing by the Shooting Response Team in conjunction with the Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit and the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Ryan Kirsh at (908) 527-4633.

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