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N.J. Cop Killed, Suspect Slain

November 21, 1997

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) _ A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer and fleeing in a patrol car led authorities on a 60-mile chase before he was shot to death Thursday night at the George Washington Bridge. Two other officers were injured.

The officer, a detective, was slain in Long Branch, 60 miles south of New York on the Jersey shore, State Police spokesman John Hagerty said. Broadcast reports said the officer had responded to a problem at a Chinese restaurant.

The stolen patrol car was chased by state troopers on the Garden State Parkway. Hagerty said at least four shots were fired at the troopers, who didn’t shoot back.

The troopers lost the suspect in Old Bridge, where he abandoned the police car and carjacked another vehicle, Hagerty said.

The troopers caught up with him on the New Jersey Turnpike and ended up at the bridge, which connects New Jersey to New York City. It had been closed to halt the suspect.

Details of the shootout were sketchy, but the suspect was killed and a Port Authority officer was shot in the leg. A trooper was injured by flying glass.

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