Tom Wright-Piersanti/The Star-Ledger
Jan 5, 2014 10:52 AM
NEWARK — A Newark police officer shot a man on the street Saturday after he pulled out a gun and refused to drop it, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.
The suspect, 22-year-old Newark resident Willie Brooks, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to University Hospital, where he is currently under police guard, authorities said.
Brooks has been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose and possession of hollow-point bullets, according to Chief Assistant Thomas Fennelly of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit.
The officer was not injured. His name is not being released at this time for security reasons, Newark police said.
According to authorities, the officer was investigating a report of armed men walking down North 4th Street around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He came upon Brooks and several other men, and when the officer approached them, Brooks pulled out a handgun, police said.
Brooks turned toward the officer and refused orders to drop the weapon, authorities said. The officer then fired his service weapon, striking Brooks.
DeMaio said a gun they believe belonged to Brooks was recovered at the scene. He was wanted in connection with a robbery out of Elizabeth, he said.