Prosecutor: Police officer fires round after suspect produced weapon when ordered to stop

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Authorities say an Elizabeth police officer fired a round after a suspect produced a weapon when ordered to stop.

According to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, one of the Elizabeth police officers who responded to a location Friday around 10 p.m. ordered the suspect to stop, but instead he produced a .38 caliber handgun.

Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo said an officer then fired a single round, and the suspect discarded his weapon and was taken into custody.

No one was struck by the gunfire or injured in any other way.

The 19-year-old suspect's weapon was recovered, and prosecutors say he will face second-degree weapons charges.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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