CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating after a suspect running from police was reportedly paralyzed after a slipping and falling during the pursuit.
On Thursday night, Xavier Ingram, a 21-year-old from Camden, was stopped by police near the courtyard of the Sycamore Court Apartments after officers observed him holding his waistband in a way that indicated he may have been carrying a gun.
Ingram reportedly ran between two parked cars and one officer heard a noise that indicated a metal object being dropped on a hard surface.
When Ingram left the space between the cars, he was no longer holding his waistband. At that point, officers went between the vehicles and recovered a silver handgun. It was later learned that gun had been reported stolen from Gloucester Township.
Police then attempted to stop Ingram when he came out of a liquor store on Chestnut Street. Ingram ran and fell while fleeing from police across 7th Street. As he was being cuffed, Ingram notified officers that he could not feel his legs, at which time they stabilized the suspect’s neck and back and called for an ambulance.
Police also found heroin in Ingram’s pockets when he was taken into custody.
Ingram is currently facing charges of Receiving Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest, Being a Certain Person Not To Possess a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Drug Possession. He is currently being treated at Cooper University Hospital.
Due to the severity of Ingram’s injuries and in accordance with Attorney General Guidelines, the case has been transferred for review to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.
While an investigation is ongoing, the incident was captured on video and police say there is no indication of the use of excessive force or police misconduct.
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