WEST ORANGE, NJ - Robert O'Neil, 28, of East Orange, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in the shooting of an East Orange police officer. The announcement came today from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson.
Sgt. Michael Williams, a 12-year veteran of the East Orange Police Department was shot in the lower abdomen by O'Neil at approximately 11:22 a.m on Nov. 5 while patrolling patrolling in the area of New Street and North Oraton Parkway. After encountering O'Neil, Williams was shot with an automatic weapon, striking his bulletproof vest and preventing serious injury.
Williams shot at O'Neil but missed. Williams was transported to to East Orange General Hospital. He was then arrested and charged with attempted murder, resisting arrest and weapons offenses and also has an open warrant out of Morris County. He is currently in custody.
The officer was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was treated and released.Sgt. Williams is part of an anti-crime, quality of life unit that works in that area.