Pursuit of a silver car on Route 17 left a Paramus police officer and the car's driver in critical condition after a shootout.
Officer Rachel Morgan, 31, was attempting to pull over a silver car for speeding and having fictitious plates, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.
The car instead took off at a high rate of speed, causing the driver to lose control on the entrance ramp from Route 17 to the Garden State Parkway, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. Morgan had been pursuing the vehicle on Route 17 south.
NorthJersey.com reports Morgan was shot at multiple times, with two rounds hitting her in the stomach, authorities said. She and another officer returned fire.
She was wearing her bullet-proof vest when the suspect — identified by prosecutors as Michael Sean Carmody — shot her, Molinelli said. Morgan was shot five times, two shots hitting her vest, a source close to the police department said.
An Associated Press story on NJ.com reports another officer fired at Carmody, hitting him several times.
A release from the Prosecutor's Office said Carmody, Morgan and the unnamed backup Paramus police officer exchanged "many" rounds of fire. Molinelli said it would not be clear how many rounds were fired until after the investigation is complete, but said the number was "considerable."
Morgan was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center where she underwent surgery Monday morning. Carmody underwent surgery at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and was in critical condition.
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera was in the hospital waiting room with 50 other people, including officers, EMTs and Morgan's boyfriend, mother and sister. The EMTs said Morgan was conscious after the shooting and went into surgery immediately.
"Everything so far is encouraging," he said. "Any news we hear is indicating she will recover."
A doctor came out at 3:30 a.m. and met with the family, saying the bullets that went into her abdomen went in one side and out the other, damaging some internal organs.
Morgan is a four-year veteran officer who has been with Paramus for two years. She previously worked for the New Jersey Institute of Technology Police Department.
Meanwhile, according to Wyckoff Patch, more is being learned about Carmody. He has twice been arrested on drug charges, according to public records. In Oct. 2006, he was charged in Bogota with possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated and having ficticious license plates. Two years later, in Oct. 2008, he was charged with distribution of more than 50 grams of marijuana on school grounds in Hackensack.
CBS New York reports no charges have been filed as of yet. The name of the other officer involved has not been released, pending the outcome of an investigation.