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2 Suspects in Shooting of Officer Due In Court

Two of the three men charged in the shooting of an undercover police officer in a Garfield shopping center parking lot are due to make their initial court appearances.

 

Garfield shopping center during shooting
Garfield shopping center during shooting (CBS New York)

Bergen County prosecutors say 19-year-old Melvin Guzman of Garfield and 21-year-old Patrick Morel of Clifton will be in court Tuesday afternoon. Bail for each has been set at $750,000.

The third suspect, 25-year-old Passaic resident Rafael Vasquez, remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound. His bail was set at $2 million.

All three defendants face robbery, aggravated assault and weapons charges. Vasquez is also charged with attempted murder.

The wounded Paramus officer, whose name hasn’t been released, was making a marijuana buy when he was shot in the right hip and left lower leg. The wounds are not considered life-threatening.


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