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Prosecutor: Off-duty officer shoots, wounds suspect who was found inside his parked car

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EDGEWATER PARK, New Jersey — An off-duty police officer shot and critically wounded a man he found inside his personal vehicle that was parked at a southern New Jersey home.

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi says the shooting by Delanco officer Basil Warren occurred early Tuesday in Edgewater Park.

Warren had finished his shift at 3 a.m. and was still in uniform when he drove in his own car to the Edgewater Park home, which he had recently purchased. When he left the home a short time later, Warren found 26-year-old Tysean Fitzpatrick of Willingboro in the driver's seat of the car.

A short time later, Warren fired his department-issued .40 caliber firearm multiple times. A wounded Fitzpatrick then drove the vehicle a short distance before it came to rest.

A resident notified police of the shooting, and responding officers found Warren administering first aid to Fitzpatrick, who soon underwent emergency surgery. He remains hospitalized in critical condition, but further information on his injuries has not been disclosed.

Investigators had not interviewed Warren or Fitzpatrick as of late Tuesday afternoon. No charges have been filed in the matter so far, but the investigation is ongoing.

Warren has been a law enforcement officer for 10 years, the last eight as a member of the Delanco force.

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