Sheriff's Officer wounded in deadly shootout

February 8, 2010 3:30:28 PM PST
An off-duty sheriff's officer was wounded and another man killed during a shootout at a nightclub in Newark.The Essex Co Prosecutor says it's all on surveillance video. About 15 minutes after 19 year old Darnell McNeil was thrown out of the Knockouts Go-Go bar for allegedly having a fake I-D, police said he came back with a gun.

"He started shooting into the foyer of the lounge," Robert D. Laurino, Acting Essex Co Prosecutor, said.

Sheriff's Officer Lorenzo Zackery, 49, was hit on the stomach, but somehow was able to run 500 feet after the suspect up Sanford Avenue, drawing his office issued firearm and hitting the suspect several times. McNeil died a short time later at the hospital.

"He is an exercise freak, and with the adrenaline pumping. It was a small caliber, which can be a really bad thing. It hit him in the intestinal area," Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontura said.

Police are not sure whether the officer had been at Knockouts as a patron or as extra security for the Super Bowl. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery. He is a married father of 3 who once played pro football.

"Played for a time for the Washing Redskins and got hurt, then the Alouettes," Fontura said.

According to people who live here, there has been too much going on here, saying this is just the latest shooting.

"Biggest thing is the killings. People screaming, running around, just bad news to me," Isaiah Jordan said.