FAIRFIELD, N.J. (WPIX)—The New Jersey police officer who was shot multiple times has reportedly emerged from a drug-induced coma and is "in and out" of consciousness, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's office.
The Star-Ledger is reporting that a law enforcement source has confirmed that the officer, 26 year-old Gerald Veneziano, is currently "participating in the investigation."
This is a big help to authorities, who announced Sunday that they didn't have even a partial license plate of the car driven by two suspects.
The suspects were reportedly driving a black Dodge, but police are saying it may have been a Dodge Nitro, and not a Magnum, as was previously reported.
Around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Veneziano decided to run the plates of a suspicious vehicle parked at 300 Fairfield Road while on his way to work. He used his cell phone to contact a fellow officer, but the officer was unable to record the vehicle's license number because he was busy with an emergency call.
Shortly after, Veneziano was shot three times in the torso, and by the time police arrived on the scene he was unable to give officers a plate number.
A manhunt has been organized and the investigation is ongoing.