Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported an arrest of a man who drove into two people and then fled investigating officers Wednesday night.
Police attempted to take Edgar Carrasquillo into custody on the 1100 block of N. 35th Street after a brief pursuit. According to witness statements, Carrasquillo drove in reverse into a police vehicle and then attempted to hit officers. An officer fired his service weapon, striking Carrasquillo. He was treated at Cooper Hospital in Camden and was released to the Camden County Jail today.
Carrasquillo, M/32, of Camden, was charged with two counts of 2nd degree Aggravated Assault, two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 4th degree Assault by Auto, 2nd degree Eluding, two counts of 3rd degree Endangering an Injured Victim and 3rd degree Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
It is alleged that Carrasquillo got into an argument with a group of people outside a store at Chestnut Street near Broadway. Carrasquillo is accused of walking away from the argument, getting into his brown 1992 Honda Civic, and driving directly at two people on foot he was arguing with previously. Those people were able to avoid being struck, but Carrasquillo then drove at two other people on bicycles who had also been involved in the prior argument. He struck them both. One is in critical but stable condition at Cooper Hospital. The other was treated and released.
Investigating officers found one of the Honda’s license plates at the scene of the hit and run and connected the vehicle with Carrasquillo.
The hit and run is being investigated by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit. The police use of force is being reviewed by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Special Prosecutions Unit with assistance from the Camden County Police Department’s Internal Affairs division.
Whenever a municipal police officer’s use of a firearm while on duty results in injury or death the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office oversees an investigation into the incident, as required by the state Attorney General’s Office guidelines.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.