The Jersey City man shot in the face by an undercover police sergeant doing surveillance in Greenville last night was pointing a loaded handgun at the officer and attempting to rob him when he was shot, officials said today.
Kwadir Felton, 18, is charged with aggravated assault, attempted robbery and weapons offenses in connection to the incident at Dwight Street and Bergen Avenue in which he was shot by Jersey City Police Sgt. Thomas McVicar, officials said.
Felton remains under guard at the Jersey City Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition, officials said, adding that he is expected to survive.
McVicar is attached to a New Jersey State Police unit investigation gang activity in the high crime area and at 8:30 p.m. he was in the back seat of a parked, unmarked vehicle when Felton approached, said Peter Aseltine, the spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office. Sources said McVicar was not the only officer in the vehicle.
Felton crouched down, out of sight on the passenger side of the vehicle, and was heard chambering a round in a handgun, Aseltine said in a written statement.
Felton then appeared at the driver's side window pointing the handgun at the officer who fired one round from his .45 caliber service weapon and the bullet smashed through the car window, striking Felton, Aseltine said.
Felton was taken to the Medical Center by ambulance where he was admitted for treatment of the head wound and was kept under guard, Aseltine said, adding that a 9mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered beside Felton at the scene of the shooting.
Five men visiting Felton at the hospital last night were arrested on weapons charges and police recovered a gun in a car belonging to one of them, sources said.
The men, who were 18 to 22 years old, said they were members of Felton's family but when asked to provide the victim's name, they couldn't, sources said. That piqued the interest of police who then found a Glock in the car, reports said.
"As a general rule, police officers confronted with deadly force are legally entitled to use deadly force in self-defense," Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said. "I would say that a semi-automatic pistol in the possession of a defendant is deadly force."
The Attorney General's Shooting Response Team is investigating the incident with the help of DeFazio's office, Aseltine said.
When released from the Medical Center Felton will be transported to the Hudson County jail in Kearny, Aseltine said. Hudson County Superior Court Judge Fred J. Theemling Jr. set Felton's bail at $500,000 cash only.
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