New Jersey police officer wounded after chase, gun battle released from the hospital

Arthur Henry Disanto Jr., the suspect shot during the incident, remains hospitalized.

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Sources confirm to Action News that the man taken into custody after opening fire on officers in Philadelphia has been identified as a 41-year-old man who was wanted for attempted homicide.

WASHINGTON TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) -- A police officer who was wounded following a gun battle in New Jersey has been released from the hospital.

The officer is from the Monroe Twp. Police Department. Further details about the extent of the officer's injuries were not released.

The man arrested after the incident late Monday night, 41-year-old Arthur Henry Disanto Jr., remains hospitalized after being shot three times, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Disanto was wanted on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a woman in her Media home on July 3.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by Action News, the woman told police that Disanto had been staying with her for a few nights, and they were fighting over money and the death of a friend. During the altercation, the woman stated that Disanto became angry and punched her in the face, tasered her and then shot her while in a bedroom, the document stated.

The woman sustained a gunshot wound to the hip but survived her injuries.

Police had been looking for Disanto for weeks before he surfaced this week.

At around 7 p.m. Monday, Pennsylvania State Police troopers tried to stop a motorcycle driven by Disanto in Marple, Pa. He was later spotted by a plainclothes officer in Folcroft who was driving an unmarked police SUV.

The officer caught up with the motorcycle on the 8400 block of Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia. Disanto got off the bike and reached for a gun in his waistband as the officer got out of his vehicle, authorities said.

The officer retreated behind the SUV, and Disanto got in and drove off, authorities said. The officer shot out the windows as Disanto left. It's unclear whether Disanto fired any shots then, and the officer was not injured.

Authorities tracked the SUV to Deptford Township, New Jersey, but Disanto had already exited and taken SWAT gear that had been inside, including a bulletproof vest and helmet, authorities said.

Some of the SUV's windows were blown out due to gunfire from the initial shooting in Philadelphia.

A drone spotted Disanto on a shed roof, authorities said. He ran off and then traded gunfire shortly before midnight in front of a home in Washington Township, authorities said.

Only Action News was there as officers converged on the home along Barnsboro Road and took Disanto into custody.

Disanto Jr. has been charged with armed carjacking in connection with the stolen police vehicle. The Pennsylvania State Police file charges in Delaware County for fleeing and eluding.

More charges are pending against Disanto related to the shooting in New Jersey.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.