Man shot by police officer in Somerville

The News Leader

January 19, 2010 12:37:35 PM PST
Authorities in central New Jersey say a Somerville police officer shot and wounded a man after an apparent confrontation outside an apartment complex. The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Residents of the South Bridge Gardens apartment complex reported hearing two or three shots and seeing a police officer standing over a wounded man.

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest confirmed the shooting but declined to release further details.

The wounded man was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Neither he nor the officer was immediately identified.

A Somerville patrol car with a smashed windshield was parked at the scene. Nearby, an ax and a sledgehammer lay on the street.