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Off-Duty Irvington Township Police Officer Fires Weapon at Robbery Suspects in Newark

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Essex County authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Newark's Central Ward Thursday night.

It happened around 10:25 p.m. in the vicinity of 158 Court Street near Lincoln Street. 

According to police, the preliminary investigation indicated that four black males, who wore masks, approached an off-duty Irvington Township police officer and announced a robbery. 

Authorities say during the course of the robbery, the police officer pulled his service weapon and began to fire multiple rounds in the direction of the suspects.

According to the preliminary investigation, the suspects ran from the scene and remain at-large. 

The officer was transported to University Hospital for an evaluation, but no physical injuries were immediately reported. 

At approximately 11 p.m., a male gunshot victim entered St. Michael’s Hospital on Central Avenue suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. 

Police have not confirmed if this gunshot victim was one of the robbery suspects involved in the police shooting. 

Detectives for The Essex County Prosecutor's Office were called to the scene to assist in the investigation. 

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