JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A police officer in New Jersey's second-largest city shot a man who authorities say attacked the officer and another officer with a sharpened fence post.
Tuesday morning's attack and shooting in Jersey City comes days after a rookie police officer in the city was gunned down in an ambush.
About 2:30 a.m., a pair of emergency services police officers noticed a 25-year-old man walking along Martin Luther King Drive with what has been described as a 6-foot-long, two-by-two post with a sharpened end, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said.
The officers ordered the man to drop the post, but instead he hurled it through the passenger-side window of the emergency services truck, striking one of the officers in the head.
Authorities said the man then jumped onto the side of the truck and grabbed the officer's rifle. In the struggle, the officer discharged his firearm into the interior of the passenger-side door, officials said.
The rounds pierced the door and struck the attacker, officials said.
Both officers exited the vehicle. One officer opened fire after the man allegedly man his hand in his waistband.
The man is undergoing surgery and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Both officers were also treated, though their conditions were not known.