The following report was issued by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday (Dec. 21):
At 11:22 this morning, officers from the Belleville Police Department were summoned by a 911 caller to a possible armed robbery at the Radio Shack on the 400 block of Main St.
As officers approached the scene from the rear, the two robbers were leaving the establishment. The suspects’ vehicle rammed the officer/vehicle .
The officer fired several shots, striking the getaway car. It has not been confirmed if the suspects were shot.
The suspects had pistol-whipped one of the three employees and tied them up. The suspects then fled south on Main St. and remain at large.
The officer, a 10-year veteran who will not be identified for safety issues, was evaluated at an area hospital.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s tip line, 877-TIPS-4-EC (877-847-7432) or the Belleville police at 973-450-3333.
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