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NJ Officer Hit Multiple Times By Fleeing Suspect's Bullets

NJ Officer Hit Multiple Times By Fleeing Suspect's Bullets

February 07, 2011

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PARAMUS, NJ – Update: Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan is listed in critical but stable condition this morning after she was shot following a chase last night. The gunman, Michael Sean Carmody of Westwood, is reported in critical condition after being shot several times, including in the head.

Morgan, 31, underwent surgery this morning. Her bulletproof vest saved her from a shot in the chest, although at least one bullet penetrated her abdomen. Morgan’s family is with her at Hackensack University Medical Center, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said early this morning.

The exchange came just before midnight at the Garden State Parkway/Route 17 ramp in Paramus, Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT earlier this morning. Morgan had pulled the gunman over in Paramus just after 11 p.m. when he suddenly hit the accelerator and took off, with the officer in pursuit, the prosecutor said.


Michael Sean Carmody

She was chasing Carmody south on Route 17 when he crashed his silver vehicle trying to get onto the southbound GSP entrance ramp. As she approached the car, he began firing, hitting the officer “more than once in the abdomen area,” Molinelli said.

The prosecutor said Morgan and “a backup Paramus police officer whom cannot be named at this time” fired back at Carmody, hitting him several times. Although Molinelli didn’t confirm it, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said he was struck in the head.

“Until the investigation is complete it cannot be determined how many rounds were fired,” the prosecutor said, “but suffice to say the number was considerable.”

Carmody, 23, underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, he said.

A four-year veteran who joined the Paramus department two years ago, Morgan had worked with the New Jersey Institute of Technology police, Molinelli said.

“Her vest saved her from ONE shot [to the chest]. The second penetrated,” a law enforcement officer with knowledge of the shooting said. “Keep in mind that the vest does not cover the abdomen.”

For many, the news likely brought to mind 20-year Fair Lawn police veteran Mary Ann Collura, who was shot and killed by a man she was chasing after he crashed his car on a church lawn the night of April 17, 2003.

Her killer was shot dead himself, down in a quiet stretch of Florida, after he opened fire on police just three days later.

Although it’s too early to speculate, police have been on the lookout for two armed robbers who hit a trio of Dunkin’ Donuts, one in Paramus and another in nearby Hasbrouck Heights, about two weeks ago.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: To the officer, and her family, all love, strength and faith. Protecting and serving us comes at such a price. This is exactly the kind of thing loved ones fear every single time a father, mother, sister, brother, son or daughter who wears a gun and a badge leaves for work.]

  • Dsc00052_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "What kind of jerk shoots a woman?"......Respectfully, t1401...This wasn't some breech in chivalry; it was an attack on one of us, which is an attack on all of us. These convicts don't see man, woman, old or young...they see a badge and the cage they are willing to kill to avoid. The Sheepdogs have to stay together and watch out for eachother always.

  • Academyrun_014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Excellent Job Officer Morgan, Gods speed on your recovery.

  • Me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thumbs up for the shooter being put in the hospital, but five thumbs down for an officer having to had to join him. Officer Morgan you will be in my prayers please get well as soon as you can.

    Respect to all LEOs

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Officer Morgan, please get well and God look out for her.

    As for Michael Carmody, your bunk awaits in hell you SOB!

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The newest information out is that Officer Morgan is still in critical condition so prayers are still foremost in my mind for her speedy and complete recovery. She is what can honestly be said to deserve the title "Hero". I would have been proud, no, honored to have been her partner during my career. Get well Sis, we need people like you out there fighting the good fight. God Bless.

    It is also reported that this waste of DNA is also still alive and under guard in the hospital. I continue to hope that he expires from these wounds and that in the meantime he is experiencing a great deal of pain. I hope that someone accidentally trips over a cord and it pulls free from the wall socket long enough for him to die. This 'thing' does not deserve to live.

  • Wolf_001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Hope you are well soon Officer Morgan. God bless you and thanks for your willingness to do a great job!

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What kind of jerk shoots a woman?

  • Esu_patch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Get well soon sister,,,

  • 1393794_10151798561878138_392793313_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    speed recovery my sister

  • 063_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Update: PARAMUS — The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office says it has filed attempted murder charges against a New Jersey man who shot and critically wounded a Paramus police officer.

    Get well soon Officer Morgan and back out there doing what you do best....keeping us safe from evil. You are in my daily prayers.

  • 20552_1343137337912_1215571721_31006460_5991340_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy recovery. We need you back out there sister.

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Good thoughts and prayers to Officer Morgan! What is going on out there in the streets??

  • Robert_meyers_3_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Praying for a speedy recovery. God bless.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    God Bless you Officer Morgan, and recover well and quickly!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    God Bless You Officer Rachel Morgan.I ope you have a speedy recovery and on back on your feet in no time.I'm sorry for what you have been through and am glad you are still here with us.God Bless You and Your Family for all You have been through.

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