SOMERVILLE, NJ – Police are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old burglary suspect in the home of a police officer, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Police arrested Tyreek Cook of North 2nd Avenue, Manville, whose residence is three blocks from the shooting scene.
Robertson provided the following account:
At 12:07 a.m., Monday, a 911 call was received by the Somerset County Communications Center, reporting a burglary in progress at a North 5th Avenue residence in Manville.
Responding Manville Officers found the suspect inside the residence, involved in a physical confrontation with the homeowner and suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest.
Manville officers and the homeowner initiated life-saving medical aid to Cook, who was transported to a local trauma center for emergency treatment. The homeowner, whom authorities have only identified as an off-duty police officer, was also transported to a local hospital for examination of injuries sustained during the physical encounter with defendant Cook and traumatic stress related physical conditions.
Detectives from the Manville Police Department, along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.
The investigation thus far has revealed that Cook is suspected of committing and attempting to commit numerous residential and vehicle burglaries in the area, according to Robertson. The investigation will continue.
Cook has been charged with third-degree burglary and was listed in critical condition under police guard at the trauma center.
Robertson asks that anyone with information regarding this incident or recent residential or vehicle burglaries within the Manville area to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Manville Police Department (908) 725-1900 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.