Teen Shot After Cop Hit With Stolen Minivan

ELIZABETH—A city police officer shot an Elizabeth teen last week as the youth tried to run him over with a stolen minivan, authorities said. The teen hit another officer with the vehicle, police said.

The 16-year-old was seen driving a white Dodge minivan on Jefferson Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, authorities said. Police received a report that the van had been stolen from an Erico Avenue home about an hour earlier. It was not immediately clear if the teen stole the van.

The officers stopped the van, but the teen refused to get out, police said. Instead, he put the vehicle in reverse and hit an officer in the leg, according to police.

The teen started to drive towards the second officer, who was standing in front of the van, authorities said. The officer shot the teen in the left forearm, police said.

The teen drove onto the front lawn of a nearby home and abandoned the vehicle, police said. He was chased for two blocks and arrested with assistance from other officers, police said.

The two injured officers were treated at Union Hospital and released, according to Sgt. John Maloney. The teen was treated at Trinitas Hospital and was taken to the Union County juvenile detention facility.

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