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Shooting before police gun battle gravely wounds man

August 22, 2017
NJ.com: Trenton

TRENTON -- The man wounded in North Trenton Monday night moments before a police officer shot it out with possible suspects was later transferred to a Camden hospital, officials said Tuesday.

And authorities made public a few more details of the gun battle a police officer had with possible suspects.

The man, a 23-year-old Trenton man, was shot while at the Donnelly Homes apartments along Southard Street shortly before 10 p.m.

The police department's ShotSpotter gunfire detection system recorded several shots, and only one hit the man but it did a lot of damage, a Trenton police spokesman said.

The victim arrived at a Trenton hospital in a private vehicle and was later taken to Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, in critical condition, police said.

As officers were responding to the shooting, one - a sergeant who has not been publicly named - spotted potential suspects get into a vehicle.

The officer followed the vehicle and on Kulp Street - a short side street behind the city's water reservoir near the Ewing border - the apparent gunmen and the officer shot at each other, officials said.

The officer was not struck, and investigators do not believe anybody in the car was hit. The car fled and no arrests or charges have been announced as of Tuesday evening.

Due to a police officer firing his weapon, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office is investigating that part of the incident. An office spokeswoman did not divulge any other details, like how many shots were fired or how many people were in the car.

The prosecutor's Homicide Task Force is investigating. The Trenton police Shooting Response Team is investigating the Donnelly Homes shooting.