NEWARK, N.J. – Two people were shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in New Jersey Sunday night, according to officials.
Around 11:40 p.m. Sunday night, an off-duty Jersey City cop allegedly shot two people during an attempted robbery on S 6th Street and 13th Avenue in Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor’s office confirms.
This shooting comes days after a deadly weekend in Jersey City. Three people were shot and killed in separate incidents Friday and Saturday.
Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said police are targeting known violent offenders in response to the weekend’s violence.
“This weekend, we experienced an increase in violence, especially homicides,” Director Ambrose said. “We have been working closely with our federal, state and county partners to combat this violence. Year-to-date, the Newark Police Division has seized over 450 firearms; mainly .40, .45 and .9mm caliber weapons, and another 100 firearms have been confiscated by our partners. We are 35 percent higher in gun recoveries this year as compared to the same period last year."
Ambrose attributes the violence to targeted disputes, ranging from domestic matters to drug dealings and personal disagreements.
The shooter has not been charged, and it is too early for officials to say if the use of force was justified, the Essex County Police Department said.
"We are thankful that our detective, who was a victim of an attempted armed robbery, is OK and want to thank the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor for their assistance in this ongoing investigation," said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill.
The officer was uninjured, and the names of the deceased have not been released.
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