02/01/2001

Shooting haunts officers; perils of the job can't be forgotten
[Bergen County, NJ]

Leslie Koren, Staff Writer
January 22, 2001, Monday Copyright 2001 Bergen Record Corp.
The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
January 22, 2001, Monday; All Editions

(BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.) -- Fort Lee Police Officer Steve Pumilia can still see the barrel of the high-powered handgun pointed straight at him. It was 20 years ago, but he remembers it all, the sounds, the smells, the faces of the strangers he and his partner came across in the dark motel parking lot.

"There was maybe 8 ounces of cocaine in the car. It wasn't a major drug bust or a lot of money," Pumilia said. "They just didn't like the police."

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