Bayonne police and U.S. Marshals apprehend shooting suspect

The victim drove himself to the hospital

Law enforcement arrested the alleged gunman at his home.
Law enforcement arrested the alleged gunman at his home.

A shooting suspect has been apprehended with the help of the United States Marshal Service, according to the Bayonne Police Department.

Police arrested Dwight Washington, 38, of Bristol, Pennsylvania on Dec. 22.

Back on Sept. 21 at 7:57 p.m., police officers responded to the area of West 28th Street on a report of shots fired. Responding officers were unable to locate a victim or shooter.

Officers were then approached by witnesses to the shooting who observed Washington allegedly shoot a male victim, 38, before fleeing the scene in an older model Mercedes Benz.

While on scene, officers received information that a gunshot victim had just entered the emergency room of Bayonne Medical Center. An investigation was immediately initiated by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau.

Several shots hit the victim

Police said the investigation confirmed that while the victim remained seated in his vehicle after dropping off a friend in the area, Washington approached the vehicle and allegedly fired a handgun several times in the direction of the victim, striking the victim numerous times.

The victim escaped in his vehicle and drove himself to Bayonne Medical Center as Washington allegedly fled the scene.

The lengthy and detailed investigation led to Washington being positively identified as the shooter. Detectives traced him to his residence in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

On Dec. 22, Bayonne Police Detectives coordinated with the United States Marshals Service where agents were took him into custody at his residence without incident.

Washington remains in custody awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.

The BPD extended its thanks to the United States Marshals Service and the Bristol Police Department for their professionalism and assistance with apprehending this violent criminal.

Washington is being charged with criminal attempt murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and certain persons not to possess a firearm.

He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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