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Shot Newark Car Thief Identified as Homeless Man

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    Shot Newark Car Thief Identified as Homeless Man
    Scene of car-dragging and police shooting in Newark Monday evening.

    The man shot in the head by a Newark police officer while trying to flee in a stolen vehicle Monday has been identified as 44-year-old Adrian Facto, a homeless man who was living in a shelter in Newark.

    Facto remains in critical condition at University Hospital.

    Police encountered Facto while investigating a vehicle stolen from a Jersey City shopping center Sunday, according to DeMaio. Officers had tracked down the stolen vehicle through a security tracking device.

    A veteran officer tried to stop Facto but he tried to flee, authorities said. Facto ended up driving onto the sidewalk and hitting a 32-year-old female pedestrian, dragging her.

    Habersham County Sheriff Office

    The officer fired at Facto, hitting him in the head. 

    Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio supported the police officer's actions, saying in a prepared statement Monday: "Had it not been for the officer's quick response, the woman could have been killed. The 17-year veteran officer was not hurt but saved the pedestrian's life. I commend the officer for his heroic actions."

    Facto faces charges of receiving stolen property, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and eluding charges.

    The woman is in stable condition at University Hospital.