Man Steals Officer's Gun To Kill Himself In Police Station

AndrewBlake

Jermaine Covington was in the Hillside police station waiting to be processed when he fatally shot himself.

Hillside, NJ – A man who was arrested for carjacking used an officer’s gun to kill himself inside the police station on Friday.

A preliminary investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that 41-year-old Jermaine Covington had fled the scene of a car wreck in Union Township earlier in the day, according to NJ Advance Media.

Police said the crash happened at about 1 p.m. on June 22, and resulted in a brief vehicle pursuit that was stopped by police shortly after it began due to safety concerns, the Courier News reported.

Later that same afternoon, Union Township police spotted Covington’s vehicle, according to a release from Union County Prosecutor Michael Monahan.

Monahan said Covington attempted to evade police officers by running away from his car, and trying to steal a different car.

The Baltimore, Maryland man was arrested by officers from the Hillside Police Department, and taken in for processing, according to the prosecutor’s statement.

Police said Covington was in custody at about 4:45 pm, and handcuffed to a bar in the police processing area, when he grabbed a passing officer’s duty weapon.

He was able to yank the firearm out of the officer’s holster, and then proceeded to shoot himself with it, NJ Advance Media reported.

Covington was pronounced dead at the scene, according to NJ Advance media.

Police would not say whether the incident was captured on the surveillance video in the processing area, or whether there were any witnesses.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office refused clarify in what manner the man was handcuffed when he shot himself, WOBM reported.

The official statement also did not provide any information about whether the officer had struggled with Covington for possession of the weapon, according to WOBM.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has said their investigation into Covington’s death in ongoing.

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realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

Hope it was HCD. THIS time I am talking about you turd.

Wonder if those officers use level 3 duty holsters? Very tough to just yank a weapon out unless you're trained on those. Our department had em and every year the two biggest DT instructors wrestled us (we were blind folded also) but never got mine from me. Got my ass kicked, but never got the weapon.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

😂😂😂 "if i say HCD in my comment, I'm GUARANTEED to get some likes!" Clowns.

Aaron57
Aaron57

Maybe you should take that as a sign of how much of a joke you are on this site. You're a troll, and everyone knows it.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Aaron57 I'll check back in my archives, but I'm 99% sure I've never said anything that would make you think i care how you view me.

Social pressure doesnt work as well on those under the age of 60. You should know that at your age.

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

The Great Keyboard Warrior! Hiding in his parent’s basement, showing his courage.....after changing the sheets of the bed he wet......yet again! He knows he can’t be curb-stomped, so he trolls on like a petulant little child. Here’s to you, social misfit!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Truthrulestheday It's like all you boomers read the same exact article on how to insult millenials. If i had a nickel for every time I've been told that i live in my parents' basement, even though all that would mean is my boomer parents failed at raising me, but continue to pass along the blame like they do everything else, i just might have enough money to move out!

Propolice
Propolice

Another one bites the dust, good riddance. No apologies

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

Haha, you have a future in comedy. No article on insults necessary; millenials like you make it so darn easy, “saying all that, like, stupid stuff” all the time. Great job tossing your failures back on your parents....Classic progressive liberal move. You & I both know that your parents didn’t fail you; they just gave up on you a LONG time ago. Keep saving those nickels, warrior!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Truthrulestheday Ah, so then there's no merit in participation trophies that Boomer parents bought for their kids? Youre right. All those soccer tournaments in the 90s were funded by 8 year olds. You got me.

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

Oops, wrong generation. Our’s had winners, and like yourself, losers. No “Hey, great job showing up” trophies.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Truthrulestheday Again, you're side stepping my statement. If you say millennials are losers who don't contribute to society, who exactly raised them to be that way? If millennials as children were coddled, who is to blame for that?

Try to answer without a bunch of hocus pocus.

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

I’m sorry, are still here? Entertain me, funny boy.

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

Abra Cadabra, genius.

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

Your argument is as stale as month-old bread, lad. Liberals wrecked our culture. Parents aren’t allowed to discipline their kids; teachers aren’t allowed to discipline their students; police aren’t allowed to maintain order; people are mandated to be “P.C.”, so as not to damage fragile snowflakes wandering around, wounded by everything....... The list goes on. Our generation didn’t break it. You broke it; you fix it or pay for it

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Truthrulestheday So, if millennials as children were coddled, who is to blame for that?

Do you not want to answer?

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

I answered. Is it hard for you to understand?.......or accept? Liberals, of any generation, are to blame for the pervasive self-centered, entitlement attitude of our culture. There are countless examples of kids being raised under the same roof; same parenting, and yet one becomes a complete dumpster fire. Shitbirds gonna’ be shitbirds. Can’t put that on their parents

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Truthrulestheday So are you saying only liberals had kids in the 80s? or are you saying the millennial generation as a whole was influenced by liberals? I'm having trouble following your logic.

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

The latter. It was more attractive to let the government coddle you than actually work for what you have. The asinine professors in universities spewing berkely-esque propaganda, etc.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Truthrulestheday To bring you back to the topic,what were conservative parents doing? Were they sitting back and letting this happen, like a weak parent would?

Also, you said the government coddled. Wasn't the government Republican during millennial youth?

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

@Hi_estComnDenomn What happened to your parents? They abandoned you and let the wolves raise you? You have the mannerisms of a sheep and the attitude of a Chihuahua. You know, one of those bobble head ones from Taco Bell?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@realDonaldTrump Nah. My dad is strict and supportive, my mom is the strongest person i know, masked behind a nurturing and kind demeanor. They're still alive and well and are coming up on 35 years of marriage (or 36? I can't remember).

Why do you ask?


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