State Troopers Shoot Man In Brick After Pursuit From Trenton

One man was shot and injured after leading troopers on a pursuit that ended on a front lawn of a Brick Township home, State Police said today. Police say Troopers tried to stop a white Nissan Pathfinder after observing a moving violation on Rt. 29 in West Trenton at approximately 12:30 AM today.

The driver attempted to elude troopers and continued onto I-195 eastbound and eventually onto a front lawn on Carolina Avenue in a quiet residential neighborhood.

The driver and only occupant of the SUV was identified as Michael Zaun, 30, from Delanco, N.J.

Initial reports indicate that after Zaun pulled his Pathfinder onto the lawn, he ran from the vehicle to the front door of the house, disregarding commands from the troopers. That’s when one trooper fired at Zaun, who was struck and injured.

Zaun was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center where he is being treated for serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening. None of the three troopers were injured.

Troopers reported that Zaun fired a gun during the vehicle pursuit. Zaun’s vehicle has not yet been searched. It was impounded and taken to Hamilton Station as evidence, pending an application for a search warrant.

Detectives learned that Zaun’s vehicle was involved in a police pursuit in Bucks County, Pennsylvania earlier in the evening, but the driver was not apprehended during that incident.

The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is investigating the incident.

No charges have yet been filed on Michael Zaun.

The names of the troopers involved are not yet being released.

Typically, troopers involved in shooting incidents are temporarily placed on administrative leave. TLS.

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  1. WOW! Do you think that drugs might be involved? This guy is a danger to himself and to all others that may be unfortunate to be near him.

    Let us hope that he will recover from all his problems and return to a productive life.

  2. Typically, troopers involved in shooting incidents are temporarily placed on administrative leave.

    I’m not sure why they shot someone running into his house but to have a blanket rule of putting putting troopers involved in shooting on administrative leave does not make any sense to me.

    If the troopers claim that he shot at them during the vehicle pursuit is true they should of had more back up and police involved

  3. It is sad the man who was running from Police who was also wanted in another state will have more rights than the State Trooper doing his Job.

    I see ACLU coming to the area protesting the trooper acted to excessive and all Troopers will now need to be retrained

  4. Just some FYI…If it’s true as the article states and the suspect fired at sue point at the troopers, that’s considered deadly force. So, let me try to put this in perspective for you. Suspect commits a second or third degree eluding by taking the troops on a pursuit. At some point suspect shoots at troops using deadly force. Why is he running? Why is he shooting at police? He obviously does not want to go to jail. They shot him because the weren’t taking any chances that the suspect was going to shoot at them or anyone else. What would have happened if he would have are it in that house? They could have had a hostage situation on their hands. These are some of the split second decisions that law enforcement have to make. I know we all remember what happened to Officer Matlosz when he confronted a man who did NOT want to go back to jail. We don’t need anymore tragedies around here

  5. this man was suffering from mental illness. he was sick n probably should have been hospitalized n this would have never happened.

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