Illustrating the potential dangers New Jersey Public Safety Officers encounter on a daily basis, gunfire erupted as a police tactical squad executed a no-knock search warrant in Lakewood on September 23, 2009, leaving four officers and a suspect shot. The incident was reported by the Associated Press in an article on September 24, 2009.
One Lakewood police officer who was shot in the face and another who was shot in the foot were taken to the hospital, Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said. Two others sustained minor injuries when they were struck in their bulletproof vests. The suspect, Jamie Gonzalez, 39, was taken to this hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. There was no word on their conditions and the names of the officers have not been released.
Police had planned to search the home for narcotics and weapons. The shooting comes more than two months after Jersey City Police Detective 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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