Man Shot by Police Following Chase Beginning in Feasterville
A man was shot by New Jersey State Police following a chase that began in Feasterville May 2.
A Delanco man was shot by a New Jersey State Police trooper early Wednesday morning following a cross-state chase that began in Feasterville.
According to NJ.com, Michael Zaun, 30 of Delanco, NJ was shot twice at the front door of his girlfriend’s home in Brick Township, NJ.
Zaun was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune with gunshot wounds to the arm and upper body, which, as reported by NJ.com, the state Attorney General’s Office said were not life-threatening.
No New Jersey State Police troopers were injured in the incident, however Zaun did fire a gun from the sunroof of his vehicle.
A Lower Southampton Police officer observed a Nissan Pathfinder just after midnight on Bustleton Pike speeding without its lights on, according to a police report. The vehicle then drove through a red light at Bustleton Pike and Ruth Street after the pursing officer activated his emergency lights and siren.
Zaun led the Lower Southampton Police officer to Route 1, where, according to NJ.com, the chase ended because of the danger it posed.
The chase continued when Lower Makefield officers spotted the SUV on I-95, but the pursuit ended when Zaun crossed over the state border.
New Jersey State troopers, who did not know that that the SUV had just been pursued by police departments, attempted to stop Zaun in West Trenton, but he sped to I-195 and led them on a chase to Brick Township, where his Nissan Pathfinder finally came to a rest on a lawn on the 500 block of Carolina Avenue, which NJ.com reported was the home of his girlfriend's family.
He ran to the front door and refused to drop to the ground when ordered by New Jersey troopers. Zaun was then shot twice.
According to NJ.com, Zaun, who was still hospitalized as of 5:30 p.m. May 2, was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice by flight in New Jersey. Judge Francis Hodgson of Superior Court in Ocean County set bail at $250,000.
Zaun was also charged with fleeing/eluding police, recklessly endangering another person and related traffic offenses by Lower Southampton Police, who will be obtaining a warrant for his arrest. ADA Abigail Fillman approved extradition to adjacent states, Lower Southampton Police reported.