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Officer Fires At Elizabeth Man Who Pulled Gun, Authorities Say

An officer-involved shooting in Elizabeth Friday is under investigation
An officer-involved shooting in Elizabeth Friday is under investigation Photo Credit: File

A 19-year-old Elizabeth man who was shot at by a police officer after he allegedly drew a weapon Friday has been arrested, the Union County Prosecutor's Office said.

Police were called to the 400 block of Vine Street around 10 p.m. Friday, where they spotted Cesar Garcia-Lemus, authorities said. Garcia-Lemus pulled a .38 caliber handgun and was told to stop by a police officer, authorities also said.

When Garcia-Lemus did not comply, an officer fired a single round. Garcia-Lemus dropped the gun and was taken into custody, authorities also said.

No one was hit.

Garcia-Lemus was arrested and charged with weapons offenses and was being held at the Union County jail.

As per standing procedure the shooting is under investigation by the prosecutor's Shooting Response Team. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Vito Colacitti at 908-527-4670 or Detective Rudolfo Correia at 908-418-5800.

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