Police impersonators shoot off-duty postal officer in Newark

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NEWARK, N.J. – An off-duty postal police officer was shot by a pair of phony cops in Newark Thursday morning, authorities said.

No arrests have been made in the case as of midday. A search is on for two men, who are believed to be armed, traveling in a white Crown Victoria, officials said.

It happened about 5 a.m. near 18th and Winans avenues when the police impersonators pulled over the real officer, who was off duty at the time, according to Greg Kliemisch, U.S. Postal Inspector.

An altercation followed and the real officer was shot in the hand, Kliemisch said. He was taken to a hospital, treated and released. Kliemisch could not confirm if the officer was armed.

The unidentified officer – who was scheduled to work Thursday but it’s unclear if he was heading to work at the time of the shooting – has been on the job for three years and is assigned to the Newark division, Kliemisch said.

It’s unclear what led to the gunfire. An investigation is ongoing.

Earlier Thursday, also in Newark, an officer stumbled upon a robbery and shot an armed man at a gas station. That culprit was hospitalized and his accomplice is in custody.