Off-Duty Officer Shoots, Tries to Save Man Who Tried to Steal His Truck: Investigators

A man tried to run over an off-duty police officer with his own truck, leading the officer to shoot the suspect -- and administer CPR -- on a South Jersey street early Tuesday morning.

After finishing his shift at 3 a.m., Delanco Township Police Officer Basil Warren returned to his Stevenson Avenue home in Edgewater Park, Burlington County to find a man trying to steal his personal vehicle, according to investigators.

As Warren -- still in full uniform -- approached his truck, the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Tysean Fitzpatrick, threw the vehicle into reverse and tried to back over him, according to Peter Alfinito, Burlington County Fraternal Order of Police president.

The Delanco officer "fired in self defense," hitting the Fitzpatrick twice in the back, Alfinito said. When responding officers arrived at the scene, Warren was administering first aid to the injured suspect, according to officials.

The wounded man was transported to Cooper University Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. He's listed in critical condition, police said.

Officer Warren was not injured, but hospital officials evaluated him as a precaution.

An investigation into the shooting is underway, Fitzpatrick hasn't been charged.

Warren is an 8-year veteran of the Delanco Police Department.

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