ELIZABETH, NJ - Cesar Garcia-Lemus, 19, of Elizabeth, is charged with two second-degree weapons offenses following an incident in which an Elizabeth Police Department officer fired a single round from his service weapon after Garcia-Lemus produced an illegally possessed handgun of his own on Friday night, says acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Elizabeth Police units were dispatched to the 400 block of Vine Street. Officials say Garcia-Lemus produced a .38-caliber handgun when one of the responding officers ordered him to stop. 

According to officials, an officer then fired a single round from his service weapon, and Garcia-Lemus immediately discarded his handgun and was taken into custody without further incident. No one was struck by gunfire or injured, and the handgun brandished by Garcia-Lemus was recovered at the scene.

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The Shooting Response Team (SRT) of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances behind this matter, in accordance with New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Directive 2006-05 (amended 2015). 

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