ELIZABETH, NJ - Police are looking for a man who they say allegedly robbed an off-duty law enforcement representative at gunpoint early Sunday in Elizabeth, prompting an exchange of gunfire between the two says, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr.

According to Authorities, shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, Elizabeth Police responded to the area of Mary Street and Trinity Place and found a man who is a member of the New York Air National Guard Security Forces. 

A preliminary investigation determined that the suspect approached the man as he sat in a parked vehicle, opened the vehicle’s drivers-side door, and robbed him at gunpoint, taking his wallet and military knapsack containing other personal effects.

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Police say, the victim then retrieved his firearm from his car and confronted the suspect, leading to a brief exchange of gunshots. The suspect then fled the scene on foot, dropping his firearm as he ran. 

Neither man was known to have been injured during the incident. The suspect is described as an approximately 30-year-old male standing approximately 5-foot-10, with shoulder-length dreadlocks, wearing a black-and-white shirt and jean shorts. 

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, or anyone with information about this incident, is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Nora Berrio at 908-370-3016 or Dennis Donovan at 908-527-4558.  

The Union County Crime Stoppers are also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org

Authorities said,  the continuing investigation into this use of force by law enforcement is being conducted in strict accordance with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Directive 2006-5 and the July 28, 2015, supplemental directive, which govern all such investigations statewide.

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