ELIZABETH, NJ – An Elizabeth Police lieutenant fired his weapon at a car that headed in his direction after striking a pedestrian early on Sunday, Sept.13, said authorities.
The 3 a.m. incident is being investigated by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, which did not release the name of the lieutenant or another Elizabeth officer who was at the scene.
In a statement, Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said the lieutenant and the other officer were patrolling on foot when they responded to a report of a fight outside The Lobby restaurant on Spring Street.
“While the two officers approached the scene, the suspect vehicle struck the victim, an adult male, then continued in the direction of the officers, going the wrong way down a one-way off-ramp,” said the prosecutor.
She said the lieutenant fired one bullet toward the approaching car. The vehicle then “quickly left the area, heading north on Routes 1 & 9,” said Grace, adding that police do not know if the bullet struck the car, its driver or any occupants. The prosecutor noted authorities are unaware of anybody being injured other than the pedestrian struck by the car.
Members of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit, the Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit and the Union County Police Department responded to the scene, said the prosecutor. The injured pedestrian, who also was not identified, was treated and released at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Union County Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Cassie Kim at 908-527-4551.