By Noah Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org|
Sheriff’s detectives were in the area investigating reports of drug activity when they heard an alert about a bank robbery at a PNC branch on Main Street around 5:30 p.m., according to Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
The detectives found the armed suspect, identified themselves as police officers and ordered him to stop, but the suspect refused the commands of the officers, said Essex County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly.
It appeared that one detective fired his weapon, according to Fennelly, who said the investigation was continuing. The suspected robber was rushed to University Hospital, where he died around 6:15 p.m.
The suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene near the station along with an unspecified amount of cash stolen in the robbery, authorities said.