NEWARK, NJ — A man observed with a handgun while walking toward a man he had been quarreling with was arrested by police, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said.
The incident was captured on a police officer's body camera.
Just before 8:55 p.m. on New Year's Eve, three Community Focus Team members pulled into the Exxon Gas Station at 397 Springfield Ave. and heard two men arguing loudly. Officers observed one of the men remove a handgun from his person while approaching the man he was arguing with.
The three officers each unholstered their service weapons and arrested the suspect, Laquan Walker, 36, of Newark without incident. No injuries have been reported.
Walker faces charges of unlawful weapon possession and certain persons prohibited from weapon possession.
“I am grateful that these officers took command of a situation that could have ended in a tragedy,” Ambrose said.
“The Community Focus Team Officers, who are still in field training, likely averted a shooting and may have saved a man’s life. Our neighborhoods are safer thanks to the presence and quick actions of these officers. They each exhibited great restraint and should be commended,” he added.