Fairfield (NJ) Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray is reporting additional information with regards to last evening’s police related shooting in Fairfield, NJ. The suspect has been identified as Jeffery Harris, (46) of Lafayette, N.J. He is currently in stable condition under police guard at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson. He is being treated for a single graze gunshot wound to the forehead. Harris has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on each police officer, possession of a weapon (his vehicle), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and eluding police. There has been a $100,000 bail placed on him.
The involved officers have been released from the hospital and are assigned to administrative duty by Deputy Chief Anthony Manna until the completion of the investigation.
During last night’s incident one of the Fairfield marked police vehicles were rammed by the suspect's vehicle while eluding the officers. The police vehicle, along with a second marked patrol car, was impounded by the prosecutor's office as part of the investigation.
As the suspect eluded and drove westbound across a grassy median into the eastbound lane at the officers, one officer (10 year veteran) fired four shots from his weapon. The suspect was struck one time. One bullet did strike a fixed object in a nearby gas station. There were no other injuries.
The investigation is ongoing including the suspect driving while under the influence. There will be no additional information given out regarding this investigation, however Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Katherine Carter will release to the press late tomorrow a date of the arraignment.
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