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Police Arrest Man Suspected of Shooting and Injuring Two Officers in Newark, New Jersey

Kendall "Book" Howard

Kendall “Book” Howard

Police captured a man suspected of shooting and injuring two officers. Kendall “Book” Howard, 30, was taken into custody at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II.

Authorities did not identify the injured officers, but both are in stable condition. Stephens said they are expected to make a complete and full recovery. Both officers have one-and-a-half years on the job, City of Newark’s Director of Public Safety Fritz G. Fragé said in a press conference with Stephens. One of the officers was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday. The other still has to recover some more before leaving the hospital.

“I just visited the two police officers who were shot during yesterday’s attack in Newark. Both of them are expected to make full recoveries,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

One officer was shot in the leg, according to The other was grazed in the neck and receive a bullet to the shoulder.

Howard was wanted for shooting someone on Friday, according to CNN. A person identified Howard from a flier and called cops, according to authorities. Police found Howard in a parking lot.

“They gave him instructions,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. “There was a brief altercation. The gentleman pulled a gun out, shot two police officers at close range. Gunshot was returned – fire was returned. The gentleman retreated into the building,”

“They stopped him to talk to him and to identify him, and a violent interaction occurred,” Stephens said, according to

There was initial confusion, including untrue reports that a gunman was firing at the street from a rooftop, the outlet said. Much initial reporting on the situation came from law enforcement sources on background.

Howard is charged with two counts of attempted murder. He is also accused of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

[Image via Essex County Prosecutor’s Office]

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