NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – A police officer was shot dead in Newark on Tuesday night.
As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reports, it happened just after 8:35 p.m. near 14th Avenue and 14th Street in the West Side of Newark.
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Officers were dispatched to the area after receiving a tip and spotted the suspect, who was acting suspiciously.
When the officers tried to approach him, he allegedly opened fire.
“Immediately drew his gun and started firing without provocation,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. “It’s just a good thing the officer is fine, alive and alert.”
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A policeman was shot in the leg. He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition and is said to have recovered for the last time with his family by his side.
Officials say the officer is in his 20s and joined the force in 2018.
The suspect is in custody and a firearm has been found.
The officer should make a full recovery.
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Jessica Layton of CBS2 contributed to this report.