1:15 PM EDT, July 16, 2009 WPIX NEWS
JERSEY CITY (WPIX) - Multiple shots were fired at police in Jersey City, New Jersey early Thursday morning, leaving five officers injured.
At 5:15am an armed black man and woman wearing long robes and black hoodies shot at officers at 24 Reed Street in Jersey City. One resident told PIX News that she heard "intense gunfire" as officers returned fire.
In fact, one of the suspects shedded an outer garment to access a pump shotgun, which is, according to Jersey City Police Chief Thomas Comey, a combat weapon.
PIX News has learned that at around 6:45 a.m. the two suspects were 'neutralized.' Jersey City police confirmed the two suspects were shot and killed by officers. They were cornered in a building, on the corner of Reed Street and Bergen Avenue, which was first searched and evacuated.
Earlier, the pair were able to escape police and an intense manhunt for them included all New Jersey police units. Later, Port Authority police units, K-9 Units, New Jersey State troopers and Emergency Services Unit snipers were called to the scene of the shooting to assist local police in the search that included area rooftops.
Residents told PIX News they saw snipers on rooftops and officers jumping from rooftop to rooftop possibly in pursuit of the suspects. They also said that the building where the suspects were subdued is known for drug sales activity and believe the gunfire began with a drug deal gone wrong.
"It was a guy selling drugs and he probably sold some bad drugs and the guy came back to retaliate," said a local resident who witnessed the shooting, "So when they seen the cops coming that's when they shot at the cops. That's probably how they cop got shot. Then they ran into the alleyway so they must have went into the window from the back and go in through the window on the first floor."
But Jersey City officials said Thursday's morning's shootout was the result of a police department investigation of an armed robbery last week.
Police Chief Comey stated in a press conference the five injured officers sustained gunshot wounds. Of the five officers, two were shot in the neck and chest, respectively, and three were grazed with a bullet. One officer was injured when the suspect shot at him through the police cruiser window and shrapnel from the shattered window entering his body. Early reports also stated an officer was shot in the leg.
One officer was bleeding from his face and PIX videographer John Fine assisted the male officer into an ambulance. The officer told PIX News that he was "ok despite the way he looks." He may have been one of the officers who was grazed with a bullet.
The officers were taken to Jersey City Medical Center and all have non-life threatening injuries. One officer was listed in critical condition, but Comey said that officer's condition has been rapidly improving.
The names of the police officers and suspects have not yet been released.
Tags: 5 cops shot, 2 suspects killed, drugs, intense gunfire, Jersey City, gun battle,
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States (load item map)
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