Newark police search for gunman who opened fire on officers

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger 

on September 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM, updated September 16, 2013 at 6:57 AM

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Newark police cordoned off a three block perimeter as they searched for a man who opened fire on officers Sunday night(David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger)

NEWARK — A South Ward Newark neighborhood was flooded with search lights again tonight as police searched for a man who allegedly opened fire on an officer during a pursuit.

"This evening, shortly after 7 p.m. Newark Police officers were in a foot pursuit of an armed suspect in the area of Clinton Avenue (and) S. 10th Street," Newark Police Sgt. Ronald Glover said in a statement.

"During the pursuit the suspect fired at officers who returned fire," Glover added. "None of the officers were injured as a result of this incident and the suspect managed to elude capture.

At 10 p.m. police had cordoned off a three-block area and seemed to be focusing on a building near the corner of Clinton and South 10th St. A Newark S.W.A.T team as well as State Police and the Essex County Sheriff's Office were called in to assist.

A Newark police helicopter hovered above the scene casting its searchlight on streets and yards in the area.

"It is unclear at this time whether or not the suspect was injured as the search for the suspect continues," Glover said.

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