Edison, NJ - Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced that a Rahway man has been arrested and charged in the shooting which took place in Edison Township involving multiple police officers.
Randy R. Jackson, 23, of Rahway was arrested on September 26, 2019, and charged with four counts of attempted murder in the first degree, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon, and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, both second degree crimes.
According to the preliminary investigation, Edison police responded to Mr. Tire located at 280 US Route 1 shortly after receiving a call at 10:46 am requesting assistance regarding a dispute. When police arrived, they made contact with Jackson, who then fled into the parking lot of Open Road Mini-Cooper of Edison and fired two shots at police.
A foot pursuit led police into the surrounding neighborhood where Jackson fired additional shots at the police officers, authorities said. Police returned fire and then apprehended the suspect.
No one was injured during the exchange of gunfire.
Due to shots being fired in the vicinity, the Irving Primary School was in lock down, and the Highland Park Middle and High Schools were in shelter in place.
Following the shooting, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office responded and secured the scene. The state Office of the Attorney General was notified in accordance with guidelines governing the use of force by police. It was determined that the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office would handle the investigation.
Jackson is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending a Detention Hearing in New Brunswick Superior Court. As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Jackson are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.