“A city police officer was arrested Friday for unlawfully discharging his gun while off-duty, the prosecutor’s office said.
Dante Gordon, 25, of Paterson, was charged in relation to an officer-involved shooting that occurred last week at 7-Eleven, which he did not report until the following morning, according to Cinda Adams from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gordon, a Paterson cop, was outside the 7-Eleven on Main Street at around 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 25, when he pointed his gun at a 34-year-old Wanaque resident.
He then fired the weapon. Fragments from the discharge injured a 36-year-old Paterson resident, said Adams.
The prosecutor’s office did not disclose what led Gordon to pulling out his gun. They also did not give information on why it took more than a week for Gordon to be arrested.
The Paterson Police Department did not know of the incident until the next morning, when Gordon reported it hours later.
At 10 a.m., the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team was sent to the scene due to the discharge of a firearm by a police officer.
The prosecutor’s office previously acknowledged the police-involved shooting, but with few details.
Gordon was charged Friday with second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree aggravated assault by pointing a handgun at or in the direction of another and two counts of fourth-degree aggravated assault by recklessly causing bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.”