Suspect injured in shooting involving off-duty police officer in Newark

NEWARK, N.J. — A suspect was injured in an early morning shooting involving an an off-duty police officer, police say.

The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. near a church at 280 Leslie Street.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the off-duty police officer fired his gun in an attempt to thwart an attempted robbery.

Officials say after the officer identified himself to the robbers, one suspect fired a shot and exchange gunfire with the officer. The suspect was struck by a bullet and transported to the hospital in unknown condition. The second suspect fled the scene.

The officer was not injured.

Essex County Prosecutor investigators are combing the streets of the crime scene which spans two block. Many evidence markers were placed along Wainwright Street, parallel to Leslie Street.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating.

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