Photo: File photo, Newark Mounted Section; Newark Patch
Officers with the Newark Police Department mounted unit were patrolling the city on horseback and interrupted a shootout, according to a press release from the City of Newark Department of Public Safety.
The Newark Police mounted officers were on patrol when a shootout between three gunmen started. Two of the gunmen were running from the scene, but the mounted officers were able to corral and arrest all three.
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The shootout occured near Lyons Avenue and Clinton Place about 2:15 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2016. The three suspects involved were: Alex Cora, who was found with a loaded 9mm pistol; and Quamarly Boykins and William A. Jones who allegedly were trading shots with Cora. Police detectives obtained a search warrant and found two guns at a nearby barbershop.
Cora was charged with Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
Jones and Boykins were each charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Conspiracy.
According to a NJ.com news report, the Newark Police mounted unit was disbanded in 2011 due to budget cuts. And since being re-instated, a Newark police officer on horseback caught a shooting suspect in downtown Newark in 2014, and is now credited with arresting these shootout suspects.