Rafael Vasquez pleads not guilty in shooting of undercover Paramus officer

The man accused of shooting an undercover Paramus police officer during a drug sting in Garfield has pleaded not guilty.

The unarmed officer was in a parked vehicle

The unarmed officer was in a parked vehicle when Rafael Vasquez, a 25-year-old Passaic resident, allegedly demanded that the unarmed officer "give him everything." (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

HACKENSACK - The man accused of shooting an undercover Paramus police officer during a drug sting in Garfield has pleaded not guilty.

County prosecutors say the wounded officer was making a marijuana buy in a Garfield shopping plaza last week when he was shot in the right hip and left lower leg.

The unarmed officer was in a parked vehicle when Rafael Vasquez, a 25-year-old Passaic resident, allegedly demanded that the unarmed officer "give him everything."

The officer and Vazquez were both shot during an ensuing struggle.

Vasquez was seen leaving court in a wheelchair Monday.

The officer was released from the hospital this weekend. The officer is a nine-year veteran of the Paramus force, but his name has not been released because he works undercover for the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office's narcotics task force.

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