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Monday, July 29, 2013

Newark teens charged with robbery after shootout with corrections officer

NJ.comA pair of Newark teenagers were charged with robbery today, hours after they were injured during a shootout with an off-duty corrections officer in the city, authorities said.

Kyle Cross, 19, and an unidentified 16-year-old boy were shot near Bergen Street and Pomona Avenue around 2:30 a.m. after the masked teens attempted to rob an unidentified off-duty Essex County Corrections officer, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

Both suspects were armed, according to Anthony Ambrose, the prosecutor's chief of detectives. Cross and the other suspect both shot at the officer, who then returned fire and struck both teens, Ambrose said.

At least 17 rounds were fired during the entire exchange, according to Ambrose, who said it was not clear if the officer had time to identify himself as a law enforcement officer. The officer was dropping a friend in the neighborhood when the shooting occurred, according to Ambrose.

The officer, hired by Essex County in 2008, was treated for trauma and released from the hospital, Murray said. continue reading...

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