Off-duty Linden police officer assaulted trying to break up fight in Elizabeth

An off-duty Linden police officer was beaten by a large group of teens in a normally quiet Elizabeth neighborhood Thursday night. Sgt. Chris Guenther and

An off-duty Linden police officer was beaten by a large group of teens in a normally quiet Elizabeth neighborhood Thursday night.

An off-duty Linden police officer was beaten by a large group of teens in a normally quiet Elizabeth neighborhood Thursday night. (6/28/13)

ELIZABETH - An off-duty Linden police officer was beaten by a large group of teens in a normally quiet Elizabeth neighborhood Thursday night.

Sgt. Chris Guenther and a relative tried to break up a fight on a street corner, prompting a large crowd to turn on them. Four juvenile boys and a 19-year-old man were arrested in the incident.

Witnesses say some of the youths involved in the assault ran to a nearby park, where they were eventually caught by police.

Guenther and his relative suffered non-life threatening injuries. Elizabeth police say they are still investigating the incident.
 

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