Shots fired NJ police in connection after vehicle stopped over shoplifting incident

Kimberly Dole
January 23, 2020 - 12:57 pm

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BLOOMINGDALE, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- At least one suspect is dead following the shootout in Bloomingdale, the Attorney General’s Office confirms.

Several shots were fired at police Thursday morning as they attempted to stop a vehicle in connection with a suspected shoplifting incident in New Jersey.

The incident occurred on Mathews Drive in Bloomingdale, officials say.

At least nine shots were fired into the front driver's side window of a Riverdale police cruiser and least four shots were fired into the windshield of an SUV, police said.

According to authorities, the vehicle was wanted in connection with a shoplifting incident that occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the nearby Riverdale neighborhood.

Police spotted the suspect's vehicle driving erratically and at high speeds on Hamburg Turnpike in Bloomingdale.

The vehicle had been stopped by police when the driver sped off, nearly running over an officer who only sustained minor injuries.

The officer was taken to Chilton Medical Center.

The driver made a turn into a residential neighborhood but ended up at a dead-end street on Mathews Drive.

Shots were fired and the suspect apparently suffered a gunshot wound, according to a report from ABC-TV.

Officials locked down Samuel R. Donald Elementary school in Bloomingdale due to the active police investigation.

There is an ongoing investigation by New Jersey State Attorney General's office.

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