Man Accused of Shooting Paramus Cop Dies

Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011  |  Updated 4:00 PM EDT
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31 year old officer rushed to the hospital.

31 year old officer rushed to the hospital.

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The man accused of shooting and critically wounding a Paramus police officer has died from his own gunshot wounds, the Bergen County Prosecutor's office said Wednesday.
       
Michael Carmody, 23, of Westwood died around 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, shortly after he was removed from life support, officials said.
       
Carmody had been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Westwood Officer Rachel Morgan, 31, late Sunday night. She remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

On Tuesday, the Record of Hacksensack reported that Carmody's father, Steven Carmody, told the paper that his son has permanent brain damage from a self inflicted gunshot wound, and quoted him as saying "I don't know  what happened, but something snapped."

Morgan, a four year police veteran was shot twice in the side, through a gap in her bullet proof vest, according to Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera.

"From when she first arrived at the hospital it's been nothing but encouraging news," Mayor LaBarbiera told NBC New York, adding "She's been councious."

Carmody had been charged by the Bergen County Prosecutor with two counts of attempted murder, since he allegedly fired shots at both Officer Morgan and her backup, Paramus police officer Ryan Hayo.

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