North Jersey (Fairfield PD) cop shot.

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    Very little info at this point; this is the other end of the state from me....

    Police officer shot and injured in Fairfield
    By Joe Ryan/The Star-Ledger
    January 30, 2010, 7:45PM

    A police officer was shot and seriously wounded tonight in the Essex County township of Fairfield, officials said.

    The shooting occurred at roughly 6:40 p.m. on Fairfield Road, authorities said.

    The officer was critically injured and taken to University Hospital in Newark, a police official said.

    Fairfield police are planning a news conference at 8:15 p.m.

    EDIT: UPDATE: The officer was about to go on duty for his 7 p.m. shift when he was shot several times in the upper torso. He returned fire as well.

    He is currently in critical, but stable condition.

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    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/police_officer_shot_and_injure.html
     
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    From: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/police_officer_shot_and_injure.html

    An off-duty Fairfield police officer was shot and critically wounded last night while exchanging gunfire with two men he encountered driving to work less than a block from the township’s police headquarters, authorities said.

    The patrolman was struck multiple times in the abdomen and found conscious by fellow officers lying outside his vehicle at about 6:15 p.m. along Fairfield Road, an industrial and heavily traveled street near Essex County airport, said Steven Gutkin, deputy chief of the Fairfield Police Department.

    The officer, scheduled to report for a 7 p.m. shift, managed to tell investigators the two assailants fled in a Black Dodge Magnum, Gutkin said.

    Authorities declined to release the officer’s name last night. He has been on the force for roughly three years.

    The officer was airlifted by a State Police helicopter to University Hospital in Newark, where he was undergoing surgery last night and was in critical condition, Gutkin said.

    It was unclear what precipitated the attack. He did return fire, but investigators did not know how many times or whether he struck either suspect, authorities said. The officer, who was not in uniform, did not recall the Dodge’s license plate number, Gutkin said.

    "Right now, details are very sketchy," said Anthony Ambrose, chief detective for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

    A bystander called 911 after hearing gunshots. When officers responded, they found their wounded colleague, authorities said.

    Located roughly 15 miles northwest of Newark, Fairfield Township is a relatively affluent community with one of the lower crime rates in the county and virtually no history of officers being attacked in the line of duty.

    "It’s the first time in my 23 years in Fairfield that we’ve had an officer shot," Gutkin said.

    The shooting scene, cordoned off with yellow police tape, was busy with investigators last night who worked under powerful floodlights.

    The New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association is offering a $10,000 reward in connection with the shooting, said the group’s president, Anthony Wieners. The Essex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers program is offering $5,000. The number is (973) 877-TIPS.

    University Hospital was crowded last night with police officers from Newark, Belleville and Fairfield. Wieners, the PBA president, was waiting with the officer’s parents as he underwent surgery.

    "We’re just hoping that he does alright. It’s tragic. It’s horrible," Wieners said.

    By Joe Ryan and Tomas Dinges. Staff writer David Giambusso contributed to this report.

    That information came over the Trak earlier, which prompted me to look for a news article and start this thread. Didn't post it because of OPSEC.

    We were in the station all night; got 2 inches of icy snow and it just f'ed roads up more than the 2 feet we got a week before Christmas.
     
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    Wow didn't hear of this until now.

    Prayers sent...

    I will be interested to hear the details when they come out. This isn't too far from me and is just down RT 46 from from B Troop HQ.
     
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    I grew up in Fairfield and am OTJ in the neighboring County. Prayers sent.

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    Wow... hope it's not like the Lakewood incident, taking out cops before they go on duty. This is a strange scenario.

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