AG's office: State trooper shoots suspect in Paterson

PATERSON - Authorities say a New Jersey state trooper shot a man as the suspect tried to run him over last night in Paterson.

The state Attorney General's Office says troopers were trying to make a drug arrest in the area of a shopping mall parking lot located at Chamberlain Avenue and West Broadway when 26-year-old Ariel Acosta of Paterson drove toward the detective.

Officials say the detective, whose name has not been released, fired one shot, striking Acosta in the upper chest area. The detective was hit in the right leg by Acosta's car. He's hospitalized in stable condition.

Acosta was treated and released from St. Joseph Medical Center. He's charged with attempted murder, weapons and drug charges.

Two other suspects face weapons and drug charges. All remain in custody.

The Attorney General's Office is investigating the use of force.

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