Two police officers were shot in Newark, New Jersey, Tuesday by a suspect armed with a gun who fled to a nearby building, according to police and law enforcement officials.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said at a Tuesday evening press conference that they received a call around 1 p.m. in regards to a previous shooting on Oct. 28. The caller said they had recognized the suspect in that shooting as a person inside a building at the intersection of Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue.
Minutes later, officers went to the building but could not find the suspect they were looking for, according to police. As they were leaving, cops came across the suspect who approached them. The officers made commands to the man, who did not comply.
Shots were fired shortly after, though it was not immediately clear how many were fired, but at least two shots were fired from the suspect’s weapon, a high-ranking law enforcement source said.
One of the officers was shot in the face, with the bullet traveling down to his shoulder, Newark Public safety Director Fritz Frage said at a later press conference, and will be kept at the hospital overnight. The other officer was shot in the leg, Frage said. Witnesses told NBC New York that other cops on scene helped one of the injured officers into a patrol car and rushed him to the hospital.
Both officers were recovering at the hospital and are expected to survive.