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New York City police officer arrested in New Jersey shooting, authorities say

A New York City police officer has been charged with attempted murder after officials say he shot another driver during a road rage case in New Jersey

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP, NJ – A New York City police officer was charged with attempted murder Friday after authorities say he shot another driver during a road rage incident in New Jersey and then fled the scene.

Officer Hieu Tran, who was assigned to the social media unit of the New York Police Department’s press office, was awaiting extradition to Camden County, New Jersey, where the shooting occurred late May 17.

Voorhees Township Police Department officers were at the scene of a multi-car crash on Route 73 when they noticed one of the drivers in the pileup had been shot before the crash, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

The shooting victim was taken to a hospital and remained hospitalized Friday, authorities said.

Detectives used surveillance footage, cellphone records and ballistic evidence to identify Tran as the shooter, the prosecutor’s office said.

The ballistics evidence showed Tran shot the victim with his NYPD-issued handgun, prosecutors said.

The prosecutor’s office called the event “an apparent road rage incident” but did not provide details about what might have led to the shooting. It says the investigation is ongoing.

Tran was arrested at NYPD headquarters on Thursday and appeared at an extradition hearing in Manhattan on Friday.

The Daily News reported that Tran stood with his head down during much of his court appearance.

Tran, who was also charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, waived extradition. Assistant District Attorney Todd Fitch said Tran would be driven to Camden County later Friday.

The attorney who represented Tran at the hearing said he had no comment on the allegations.

The NYPD said Tran has been suspended without pay.

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