A radio car is in the area of a housing complex, hears a burst of gunfire and heads toward the shooting.
They encounter a Jaguar letting shots go and pursue the vehicle. It subsequently bottoms out on a RR crossing and blows the oil pan, bringing the chase to an end. As the 4 guys bail from the disabled car both cops, a male and female team, exit their car.
More shots are fired, Officer Ed Patinho hits suspect in stomach, and is shot himself in the jaw, which shatters and knocks out just about every tooth in his mouth. His tongue is also ravaged.
A second auto pulls up on the scene and 2 of the suspects enter that car and it flees, the other 2 escape on foot. The second auto is found shortly after, empty. Both cars found to be stolen earlier from Woodbridge NJ hotel lot.
No suspects found, but a couple blocks away a taxi is found, its driver shot dead behind the wheel. It is believed the suspects fleeing on foot attempted to stop the taxi at gunpoint, and he refused. They fired into his car twice, one bullet hitting him in the heart.
Next day a lady calls from her home a few blocks from the scene and says she found a gun in her backyard. Police respond and find a Tec-9, still with rounds in it. It is a match for the weapon used against the cops and at the housing complex. It is not a match for the taxi.
Officer Patinho assures investigators he shot a suspect in the stomach, (via hand written notes), but nobody turns up at hospital..
Last night, a break in the case, a man from Newark has turned up in a hospital outside of NJ, he is suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. He is wearing clothes without a bullet hole in them, he claims to not know who or where or when he was shot. Arrests are coming soon.