UNION, NJ – A Baltimore man ended up taking his own life in the Hillside Police Department after he was arrested for a suspected attempted carjacking in Union Friday afternoon.

The Maryland man, Jermaine Covington, 41, was arrested and used an officer’s service weapon to take his life, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Saturday.

Covington left the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Union at approximately 1:00 p.m. Friday, with a brief police vehicular pursuit which was cut short out of safety concerns, according to the results of a preliminary investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office.

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Later in the afternoon, Union police spotted Covington’s vehicle, and after attempting to run from the car and carjack a different vehicle, he was apprehended by members of the Hillside Police Department.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Friday, while handcuffed to a bar in an area designated for processing suspects at Hillside Police headquarters, Covington grabbed a firearm from a passing officer’s holster and fatally shot himself.  He was pronounced dead at the scene, said the Prosecutor’s Office.

The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation.

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