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Posted: 10/15/2004 3:12:08 PM EDT
Three Arrested In Shooting of New Jersey Policeman


Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Police have arrested three suspects in the shooting of a city police officer last weekend.

The three are charged with shooting Officer Eduardo Patinho, who was hit in the face and shoulder by gunfire while checking on a report of shots fired in the area. Maybe he assumed it was recreational target shooting or fireworks?

Officials scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference Thursday to formally announce the arrests. No details were immediately available.

He underwent surgery at University Hospital shortly afterward, and was able to write out an account of the shooting, officials said. His condition was not immediately available Thursday morning.

Patinho and his partner, Officer Kimberly Gasavage, had been checking on a report of gunshots when they came across a stolen Jaguar, police said.

The Jaguar led the officers on a chase that ended when the car stalled and its four occupants fled, firing at least two shots at police, authorities said.

Two of the suspects were picked up by a stolen Subaru, which later was found abandoned.

A short time after the shooting, police found a cab driver who had been fatally shot. Authorities said it was not clear whether the incidents were linked.

Patinho was the fifth Newark law enforcement officer shot in the line of duty since July 1.

Link Posted: 10/15/2004 3:15:57 PM EDT
Damn. I've got a cousin who is a cop in New Jersey.
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 3:54:16 PM EDT
From the sound of the article, he was the one out of five who was doing honest duty. In NJ, they generally deserve it.
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 7:09:32 PM EDT
Make that 6 cops in NJ as of today..............

Willingboro cop, (Officer Rogers?) was shot in the leg while investigating a check cashing alarm early in the morning on Friday, the 15th of Oct.

(But we sheeple in NJ are safe in this crime free utopia!)

Link Posted: 10/15/2004 7:14:10 PM EDT
NJ is the east coasts shit hole. Anything bad that can happen, happens in Jersey.
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 7:26:26 PM EDT
At least they have a safer job than long line fishermen and high steel workers.
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 7:34:15 PM EDT
Good thing New Jersey has such strict gun laws.
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 10:51:56 PM EDT
Note that it was the fifth _Newark_ officer - that's not a statewide statistic, it is just the city of Newark.

Newark borders the town I live in. I commute through Newark.

Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:30:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By smokycity:
Good thing New Jersey has such strict gun laws.

I just don't understand how these shootings can happen. You need to be fingerprinted in NJ and undergo a background check to even buy BB's in NJ.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:32:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FiveO:
At least they have a safer job than long line fishermen and high steel workers.

Heheheh. I like you, 5-0, so I'm going to keep mouth shut on this one.

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