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Police Arrest Suspect In Attempted Murder Of Two Newark Officers

Police captured the "armed and dangerous" suspect accused in the attempted murder of two Newark police officers on Tuesday. Kendall Howard, 30, was taken into custody on Wednesday, when investigators captured him inside the residence building where police had been searching for him, said the Essex County Sheriff's Office and acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II, reports Fox News. He lauded the assistance of civilians, a young woman in particular, who helped police in making the arrest. "When a good Samaritan who, [it's] not their job, what they find as their duty to really come forward and assist in that environment, that makes it all worthwhile," Stephens said.

Howard, who goes by "Book," shot two Newark police officers on Tuesday while they were trying to question him. Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said officers were working to identify the suspect and went into a local building to try to do so. The officers tried to question Howard in a parking lot, when "a violent interaction occurred," Fragé said. The suspect shot the officers at close range and the officers fired back. One officer suffered a gunshot wound to the face and shoulder and required surgery. The second officer was shot in the leg. Howard, who police said has a criminal history, has been charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.


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