NJ Police Pepper-Spray, Shoot Man Who Lunged for Gun: Officials - NBC New York

NJ Police Pepper-Spray, Shoot Man Who Lunged for Gun: Officials

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    Police officers in New Jersey shot and wounded a man they said lunged for their weapon and couldn't be subdued with pepper spray, officials say. (Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

    Police officers in New Jersey shot and wounded a man they said lunged for their weapon and couldn't be subdued with pepper spray, according to officials.

    Jersey City officials said in a statement that an officer shot Filencio Figaroua once in the abdomen after getting a call about an emotionally disturbed man at Communipaw and Nunda avenues on Monday afternoon. 

    Authorities said that when officers got to the scene, they found Figaroua cutting himself with a large piece of glass. When the man noticed the officers, however, officials said he lunged at one of their weapons.

    That's when officials said one of the officers pepper-sprayed the man. But it had no effect on Figaroua, who allegedly continued to threaten the police.

    An officer then shot Figaroua. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center and is in stable condition.

    One of the officers was also treated for shortness of breath and ringing in his ears.

    It's not clear if any charges have been filed in the case; the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office is handling the investigation. 

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