Police officer shot in Irvington, N.J.

October 20, 2008 9:23:41 AM PDT
A police officer was shot in an apartment building in Irvington Monday morning. According to police, the officer was hit in a shootout inside an apartment building at Chancellor Avenue and Campfield Street just after midnight.

The initial investigation revealed that the Irvington police officer was in the area, off duty, when he was confronted by an armed suspect who attempted to rob him.

Authorities say the officer identified himself, and a struggle ensued. The suspect reportedly fired two rounds, striking the officer in both legs.

Police say the officer, a 5-year veteran, was able to return fire. The suspect fled the area on foot.

An extensive search of the area failed to locate the suspect. The officer was transported to UMDNJ for treatment, where he remains in serious but stable condition.

The suspect has been described as a black male, 5-foot-9, medium weight, wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The suspect may have been injured when the officer returned gunfire, so anyone with information regarding a suspicious injury is urged to contact the Irvington Police Dept Detective Darryl Holmes at 973-399-6790 or Detective Miles Brown at 973-399-6778.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Anthony Johnson
WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin and Bill King

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