Shots fired at police in ongoing Newark standoff: officials

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Large police presence in Newark, New Jersey

AIR11 was over a large police presence on a street in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday morning, July 7, 2021. (AIR11 / PIX11 News)

NEWARK, N.J. — AIR11 was over the scene of what appeared to be a potential police standoff on a Newark street Thursday morning.

Over a dozen officers, some in body armor, and at least five police vehicles could be seen around 7 a.m. outside a home on Clinton Place, in the Clinton Hills section of the New Jersey city.

AIR11 reported that the street was closed for the blocks surrounding the intersection of Clinton Place and Randolph Place.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens said in a statement that detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office were executing a warrant around 6 a.m. on Clinton Place with assistance from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office entry team.

The preliminary investigation indicates someone inside the residence fired shots at law enforcement. That resulted in a standoff that is ongoing.

“At the time law enforcement entered the multi-family structure some residents were detained for identification and subsequently released; to be clear, no one is presently in custody,” said Stephens.

Out of an abundance of caution, some area residents were asked to evacuate their homes. There were no injuries to residents or officers.

The scene remains active. The investigation is active and ongoing.

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