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Undercover and armed.

Eighteen-year-old Kwadir Felton crouched down so the passengers in the car he was approaching couldn't see him. The occupants of the vehicle could not see Felton, but they heard him chamber a round in his 9mm semiautomatic handgun. At that point, Felton popped up at the driver's side window and pointed his gun at the people within. Unknown to Felton, an undercover Jersey City Police Sergeant was waiting inside with a loaded gun of his own. The officer fired his weapon, sending a bullet through the car window and right into Felton's face. Authorities later determined that Felton may have been attempting to rob the officer, who was in the high-crime area investigating criminal activity. Discussing the Sunday, January 10 incident with the Jersey City News, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said that as "a general rule, police officers confronted with deadly force are legally entitled to use deadly force in self-defense. ... I would say that a semiautomatic pistol in the possession of a defendant is deadly force."

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Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NJ
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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