Latino Peace Officers Association New Jersey State Chapter


Man shot after pursuit by NJ state troopers

Published May 2, 2012

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) A man led police officers on a high-speed chase across the state while firing at them and was eventually shot by a New Jersey state trooper, officials said.


Michael Zaun, 30, of Delanco, was being treated at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune on Wednesday for injuries that aren’t life-threatening, authorities said.


The state Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is investigating the encounter, which began when troopers tried to stop a white Nissan Pathfinder on Route 29 in West Trenton at about 12:30 a.m. The vehicle eluded the troopers and got on Interstate 195 eastbound with the troopers in pursuit.


An on-board video camera mounted in a trooper’s car captured what appear to be several muzzle flashes from a gun just above the vehicle’s sun roof. One of the troopers says on the video that they are being shot at.


Three troopers were involved in the pursuit, but none was injured. Zaun was alone in his vehicle, authorities said.


The pursuit ended at a home in Brick Township, where Zaun pulled his SUV onto the lawn and ran to the front door of the house, the attorney general’s office said. The troopers then exited their cruisers to arrest him, the office said.


The troopers shouted for Zaun to get on the ground, but he did not obey them, the attorney general’s office said. One trooper fired two shots at Zaun, striking him in the arm and upper body.


Authorities said Zaun’s vehicle was involved in a pursuit earlier in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


No charges have yet been filed against him. State police applied for a warrant to search Zaun’s vehicle for a gun, but the search had not been carried out as of early afternoon.

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