- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 15 years for shooting and wounding an undercover police officer during an armed robbery attempt.

Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy said Wednesday that 27-year-old Rafael Vasquez, of Passaic, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison by a Superior Court judge.

Vasquez pleaded guilty to attempted murder and firearms charges on March 9.

Authorities say he and two others who were also sentenced to eight years, made plans in 2014 to rob an undercover officer who had arrange to buy marijuana from one of the three men outside a Marshalls in Garfield.

Vasquez and the officer got into a fight, and Vasquez shot the officer in the hip and ankle.

Two other officers fired their guns at Vasquez, wounding him.

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