Police Fatally Shoot Car Theft Suspect In Elizabeth

ELIZABETH — City police fatally shot a suspect in a car theft during an attempted arrest this morning, according to authorities.

Police responded to reports of several men attempting to break into cars parked on the 900 block of Adams Avenue. A suspect driving a suspected stolen car steered it into the officers’ car, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.


The officers identified themselves and fired at two suspects in the car, striking them both, according to authorities. The suspect in the passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other suspect was taken to University Hospital in Newark, according to Romankow.

The two police officers were treated for trauma, but it was unclear if they suffered any physical injuries, according to authorities.

Jobani Dumeng, an off-duty Newark police officer, was struck in the left leg by a bullet at about 4:30 a.m. today while standing outside his girlfriend’s home on Adams Avenue, according to a spokesman from the Newark police department.

Dumeng, a five-year veteran of the force, has been released from University Hospital in Newark, where he was treated following the shooting.

It was not clear if the Newark police officer’s shooting was related to the other incident.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and the Newark Police Department Internal Affairs are investigating the incidents.

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