DEVELOPING: Police-involved shooting near Kearny Applebees last night

We’re following a still-developing story about a police-related shooting last night, Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Kearny.

Here’s what we know at this point.

According to a source with knowledge of the incident, but who is unauthorized to speak about the shooting:

Just before 8 p.m., a Kearny police officer reportedly shot at a stolen car in front of the Kearny Applebee’s at 175 Passaic Ave. The car had been reported stolen just moments earlier from someplace on Devon Street. Video The Observer obtained of the suspect vehicle being abandoned in Newark appeared to show a white SUV, perhaps a Hyundai or Lexus.

The approximate location of last night’s police-related shooting. Applebees, 175 Passaic Ave., Kearny. Google Maps

The officer reportedly spotted the stolen vehicle and, on foot, approached it — and while doing so, the driver accelerated toward him.

It was at that moment the officer fired at the car.

We’re told the police pursued the vehicle from Kearny to Newark, but it was lost in traffic.

However, police in Newark recovered the vehicle, abandoned, shortly thereafter.

The driver, as-yet unidentified, was seen running away from the scene by a truck driver in Newark, who had video footage that unfortunately wasn’t easy to see because of the rain.

The driver of the stolen car is believed to have sustained a gunshot wound. The Newark Police Department reportedly used a K-9 dog to sniff the driver’s scent, but was unable to find him.

The Kearny officer who reportedly fired the shot is “OK, shaken but unhurt,” we’re told.

Social media reports that the driver died nearby, on the Kearny side of the Passaic River, are indeed incorrect.

The Observer will update this story as information becomes available.

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