4 NJ Police Officers Shot

from MyFOXNY
September 24, 2009


LAKEWOOD, N.J. – A Lakewood, New Jersey shootout during a raid left a police officer with a bullet wound in his face. Four officers were injured in the early morning incident.

Police say the officers were serving a no-knock narcotics and weapons warrant at around 2:25 a.m. when Jamie Gonzalez, 39, opened fire.

He was also shot multiple times.

Patrolman John Wilson was shot in the face and Lieutenant Gregory Meyers was shot in the foot.

At a news conference Thursday morning authorities said that Wilson is expected to recover. He was described as communiative and in good spirits. His family was at the hospital with him.

Meyers was still being treated for the foot injury.

Two other officers- Sergeant Louis Sasso and Patrolman Leonard Nieves- sustained minor injuries when they were shot in their bulletproof vests. They were treated at a hospital and released a short time later.

Police had planned to search the two-story home at 1154 Mackenzie Court about 35 miles east of Trenton for narcotics and weapons, Deputy Chief Michael Mohel said.

“This senseless action underscores the dangers our police officers face every day in the line of duty as they protect New Jerseyans,” Gov. Jon Corzine said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the Lakewood officers and their families at this critical time.”

The shooting comes more than two months after Jersey City police Det. Marc DiNardo was shot in the face storming an apartment where two armed robbery suspects were holed up.

Four other officers were wounded in the gun battle and the suspects were killed. DiNardo was taken off life support and pronounced dead one day before his 38th birthday.

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