After Cross-State Pursuit, Delanco Man Shot by Troopers in Brick
Chase started in Ewing, ended in Brick; Authorities say it was second pursuit in a day for suspect
After leading state police on an east-west pursuit across the state, a Delanco man was shot and wounded on a Brick Township street early Wednesday morning, authorities said.
At about 12:30 a.m., state troopers tried to stop a white Nissan Pathfinder after observing a moving violation on Rt. 29 in the West Trenton section of Ewing Township, police said.
The driver, later identified as Michael Zaun, 30, attempted to elude troopers and continued onto I-195 eastbound, eventually exiting the highway and ending up on local streets in Brick, according to a prepared statement from the state police.
Troopers reported that Zaun fired a gun during the vehicle pursuit, which ended on Carolina Avenue, off Sally Ike Road in the Herbertsville section.
At that point, police say, Zaun pulled the SUV onto the front lawn of a residential home and ran from the vehicle to the front door of the house, disregarding commands from the troopers.
One trooper fired at Zaun, who was struck and injured, according to State Police Lt. Stephen Jones.
Zaun was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he is being treated for serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening. None of the three troopers involved in the incident were injured.
Zaun’s vehicle has not yet been searched, according to a statement from the state police Wednesday morning. It was impounded and taken to Hamilton Station as evidence, pending an application for a search warrant.
State Police detectives later learned that Zaun’s vehicle was involved in a police pursuit in Bucks County, Pa. earlier in the evening, but the driver was not apprehended during that incident.
No charges have been filed on Zaun.
The state Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is investigating the incident. The names of the troopers involved in the shooting are not being released; troopers involved in shooting incidents are normally placed on administrative leave on a temporary basis after such an incident.