Intruder shot by off-duty police officer at home in Manville, New Jersey

Monday, March 20, 2017
Intruder shot by off-duty police officer at home in Manville, New Jersey
Anthony Johnson has the story

MANVILLE, New Jersey (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after an intruder was shot inside an off-duty police officer's home in Manville, New Jersey, early Monday.

Authorities say the officer confronted the alleged burglar, identified as 19-year-old Tyreek Cook, just after midnight inside the North 5th Avenue home and opened fire, hitting Cook in the chest.

Cook, who lives a few blocks away, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in critical condition.

The homeowner, whom authorities have only identified as an off-duty police officer, was also transported to a local hospital for examination of injuries sustained during the physical encounter and traumatic stress-related physical conditions.

It was unclear how many shots were fired, but there was a bullet hole in the front door and one through the front window.

Investigators looked closely trying to determine where the bullets may have landed.

For hours, they photographed and scanned the home for more bullet holes and evidence.

Cook is suspected of committing and attempting to commit numerous residential and vehicle burglaries in the area. The investigation is active and ongoing.

Cook is charged with third-degree burglary.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or recent residential or vehicle burglaries within the Manville area is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Manville Police Department at (908) 725-1900, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477).