Paramus Police Woman Shot

Car cash turns violent, other officers shoot gunman

By Alice McQuillan
|  Monday, Feb 7, 2011  |  Updated 11:31 PM EDT
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Paramus Police Woman Shot

A Paramus police woman is in critical but stable condition after being shot multiple times in her abdomen by a fleeing driver after a car chase.

Officer Rachel Morgan, 31, had been pursuing a speeding motorist headed south on Route 17 when he crashed trying to exit on the Garden State Parkway.

Her assailant, driver Michael Carmody, 24, was also shot as Morgan and another officer returned fire in the confrontation in Paramus off Route 17 about 11 p.m. Sunday.   It's unclear exactly how many founds were fired, but the Bergen County Prosecutor called the number "considerable."

Michael Carmody

Morgan underwent surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, where her family has fathered.  It appears her bullet resistant vest might have spared her life, officials said.

Carmody is in extremely critical condition after surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Passaic.

It's unclear what caused Morgan to chase Carmody's car or why he opened fire. Officials said they are investigating.

Morgan has worked for the Paramus PD for two years, transferring there after working as an officer for the New Jersey Insitute of Technology.

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