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Authorities: Man charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting off-duty police officer

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has announced a man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder following an incident in which authorities say he shot an off-duty West Orange police officer.

News 12 Staff

Dec 28, 2021, 4:20 PM

Updated 902 days ago

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The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has announced a man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder following an incident in which authorities say he shot an off-duty West Orange police officer.
According to authorities, Shaahid Forshee, 36, of East Orange, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
The incident happened Monday around 3 p.m. when a 27-year-old West Orange police officer entered a convenience store on South Valley Road and observed an altercation between two men.
Authorities say one of the men, Forshee, was allegedly armed with a handgun. The officer intervened. During the struggle, the suspect allegedly struck the officer with the gun and fired the weapon, striking the officer in the head.
The bullet grazed the officer’s head, causing non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was taken to University Hospital, where he was in stable condition.
The person who was arguing with Forshee fled the scene. Forshee also fled and was later arrested in Newark. He is currently being held in the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-800-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.


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