Readington police officers shot at during Route 22 investigation

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
A person was taken into custody after shooting at a Readington police officer investigating a vehicle parked along Route 22.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, New Jersey (WABC) -- A man was arrested after two Readington police officers were shot at while investigating a vehicle parked along Route 22.

Rafael Garcia, 74, of Mountainside, N.J., was charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, two Readington police officers saw an abandoned vehicle parked on the eastbound shoulder of Route 22 in Whitehouse Station.

While investigating the vehicle, the officers saw a man in a nearby field. When they asked him to come out of the field, he fired multiple shots at the officers, according to the Readington Township Police Department.

They arrested the man, but did not shoot back.

Officers searched for a possible second person in the field, closing Route 22 in both directions.

The Hunterdon County Prosecutors Office is investigating the incident. Bail for Garcia was set at $1,000,000.