Sus­pect killed after SUV heads to­ward of­fi­cers

Manteca Bulletin - - Nation -

DEPT­FORD, N.J. (AP) — A sus­pect in a shoplift­ing case struck a New Jer­sey po­lice of­fi­cer with a sport util­ity ve­hi­cle and tried to run down an­other be­fore of­fi­cers shot and killed her in a strip mall park­ing lot, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day.

Dept­ford Town­ship of­fi­cers were called to a Mar­shalls de­part­ment store at about 3:40 p.m. Satur­day about a shoplift­ing. Be­fore their ar­rival, they’d been told one sus­pect was wanted in a pre­vi­ous homi­cide, said Bernie Weisen­feld, a spokesman for the Glouces­ter County prose­cu­tor’s of­fice.

Of­fi­cers found that three sus­pects had fled the store with “a sub­stan­tial amount” of un­paid mer­chan­dise, Weisen­feld said. A Philadelphia man who was “ac­tively re­sist­ing” the store’s loss pre­ven­tion agents fled on foot.

Two fe­male sus­pects got into a rented SUV, and al­though of­fi­cers com­manded the driver to stop, the ve­hi­cle ac­cel­er­ated to­ward them, Weisen­feld said. A pa­trol cap­tain who was a 27-year vet­eran was struck by the open driver’s side door and the ve­hi­cle then raced to­ward the other of­fi­cer and “re­port­edly at­tempted to de­lib­er­ately run over the sec­ond of­fi­cer in an ap­par­ent as­sault by auto,” Weisen­feld said.

That of­fi­cer, a sergeant and a 17-year vet­eran, fired three shots at the driver, strik­ing her twice, and the speed­ing ve­hi­cle veered “nar­rowly miss­ing the of­fi­cer” and con­tin­ued down an ac­cess road from the park­ing lot, Weisen­feld said.

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