Cops: Shootings part of job's danger
The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital and was expected to undergo surgery for non-life-threatening injuries, the Prosecutor's Office said. The police officers were also being treated.
Meanwhile, officers from Jersey City and surrounding towns showed up yesterday afternoon to relocate memorial items from the site where Officer Melvin Santiago was fatally shot to the nearby West District precinct, where he had been assigned.
Officers, including some who had canceled vacations or come in on days off in a show of support, paid their respects in front of the memorial, set up on a table with a placard that read "End of Watch 7-13-14" under Santiago's name.
"Our officers are always in a high-alert state. That's part of our profession. It's a dangerous profession," he said.
Kelly said condolences have been pouring in from departments across the region. He described Santiago as a quiet, serious young man who had dreamed of being a police officer since childhood and who had just started to hit his stride after less than a year on the job.
Santiago was ambushed Sunday as he responded to an armed-robbery call at an all-night Walgreens, authorities said. Other officers returned fire, killing the gunman Lawrence Campbell.