A gunman who grabbed an officer's weapon opened fire in a New Jersey police station early Friday morning, wounding three officers during a "violent struggle" before finally being killed.
Eddie Jones II, 39, a department of corrections employee, was brought to the Gloucester Township station in handcuffs at around 5:30 a.m. following a domestic dispute. While being processed, the cuffs were removed and Jones overpowered a female officer, hit her in the head, and took her gun. He then shot three officers, including one in the abdomen twice below his bulletproof vest.
Police confirmed that after shots were exchanged, Jones was shot and killed, Chief W. Harry Earle told a local news station.
"A violent struggle occurred while the suspect was being processed," said Deputy Chief David Harkins.
The three wounded officers were taken to Cooper University Hospital around 6 a.m., according to reports. One was undergoing surgery.
"Fortunately, two of those officers are in stable condition and being treated for their wounds and should be released sometime today," Earle told reporters at a press conference. "Obviously, there is a very intense investigation regarding this back at the Gloucester Township police headquarters."
Police operations are continuing as normal in the town of 64,000 across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, the chief said.
The Gloucester shooting comes on the heels of several other shooting with multiple victims. Two weeks ago a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in a Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children. The shooter then killed himself.
A week later, in Pennsylvania, a man with a pistol killed three people and then shot at police, wounding three officers in the gunfight that resulted and then ended with the shooter's death.
Earlier this summer, a gunman entered a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and killed 12 people. That shooter was later captured.
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