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Driver killed, officer shot after police chase on Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, sources say

WOODBRIDGE, New Jersey — A driver is dead following an overnight police chase and shooting along the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, law enforcement sources told CBS New York.

Sources say police were chasing a stolen vehicle in Cranford when it crashed near Exit 131 in Woodbridge.

The driver then got out and fired at the officers, hitting one of them in the forearm, according to sources.

Sources say the officers returned fire, killing the driver on the spot.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is now leading the investigation.

Governor Phil Murphy posted about the shooting on social media, saying: “A Cranford police officer was shot and injured last night, but is not life-threatening on Garden State Parkway. Our men and women in uniform risk their lives every day to protect us. We pray for the officer’s speedy recovery.

“These officers confronted a violent criminal and were shot. One officer was injured, but thank God he will make a full recovery. Keep the officers, Crawford PD, and their families in your prayers,” said Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association. said in a statement.

The injured officer was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

Stay with CBS New York for more on this developing story.

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