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Newark cop fatally shoots armed robbery suspect

March 11, 2013 4:32:10 AM PDT
Authorities say a veteran Newark police officer interrupted a robbery at a city supermarket and fatally shot the armed bandit.

Essex County prosecutors say the shooting occurred around 3 p.m. Sunday.

The officer, who also is a security guard at the supermarket, was reporting for work when he saw the robbery in progress. He immediately identified himself and tried to apprehend the robber, who showed a handgun.

The officer fired one shot which hit the suspect, who then fled the supermarket. But he soon collapsed and was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later.

The officer was treated at a hospital for stress induced trauma. His name was not disclosed.

The shooting is under investigation by the prosecutor's office, which is standard policy in police-involved shootings.

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