Reports have just come in from Jersey City where police say an active shooter situation has been going on since 12:30 p.m.

Here’s what we know so far. 

NJ.com has reported that two armed suspects are holed up inside of a bodega market in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue.

 

The two gunmen arrived in the area in a U-Haul van, each carrying long guns into the bodega, police said in radio transmissions.

According to authorities, the suspects are firing into MLK Drive. 

Initial reports have said that at least police officer has been shot. A second gunshot victim has also been transported to the hospital, though it is not yet clear whether that person was a plainclothes officer or a civilian who was caught in the gunfire.

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BREAKING: Active shooter in Jersey city, at least one police officer shot

 

The Sacred Heart School is located right outside the area and police say the gunmen fired at the building as well.

Additional schools within the area are now on lockdown until further notice.

Video at the scene showed armed officers moving along the sidewalk.

 

Police have said over the radio that the suspects are shooting at anyone they see, both civilians and emergency responders who are at the scene. 

It appears that any time an officer tries to maneuver closer to the bodega, more gunfire erupts from inside. 

Reports say that a local SWAT team as well as an Emergency Services Unit have been called to help assist officers at the scene. 

 

Bergen County’s Crisis Negotiations Team has also been requested to assist with the situation. 

Anyone in the area is being urged to take extreme caution and remain in doors. 

The identities of the victims have not yet been made public, nor is there any report on their condition. There may also be additional victims inside the store, according to radio chatter.

 

This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring readers updates as more information becomes available. 

This has been a bloody week for law enforcement. 

Here are the stories below of the three officers we’ve lost in the last week.  

Sergeant Christopher Brewster, Houston, TX

Sergeant Christopher Brewster was murdered Saturday evening by a man who had been reported for assault, according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Police officials the 32-year-old officer was shot just before 6 p.m.

 

At the briefing, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters that a call came in from a female victim who reported that her boyfriend was assaulting her and armed with two firearms.

When police got there, they didn’t find the couple.

 

Acevedo said Brewster spotted them three streets away on Houston’s east side.  When he went to exit his vehicle, he was shot at and hit multiple times.

Acevedo said even though Brewster was fatally wounded, he called and reported the shooting, allowing other officers to contain the area.

“Although he was mortally wounded, he had the presence of mind to draw his pistol out of his holster to protect himself in case the suspect came up and he also had the presence of mind and courage to put out and broadcast suspect information that was critical for the responding units,” Acevedo said.

 

About a half-hour after the shooting, which was captured on body cameras, Brewster succumbed to his injuries and died.

At first, Acevedo said Brewster wasn’t wearing his vest.  He later confirmed that the officer was.

“What people will see is a coward who took the life of a hero,” Acevedo said.

Acevedo said his murderer was 25-year-old Arturo Solis, who fled on foot.

 

Officers rushing to the area saw him jumping fences.

When he was caught near a school, they say he was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

Acevedo later tweeted that police recovered both firearms and other evidence discarded by the suspect.

On Sunday, he was charged with capital murder and is behind held without bond.  He’s due in court on Monday.

According to police, the woman who called for help wasn’t hurt and she’s cooperating with the investigation.

The mayor of Houston said Governor Greg Abbott had called and expressed condolences for Brewster’s family. He also took to Twitter, saying “Tonight & Every Night we Back The Blue in Houston & across Texas.”

Acevedo said Brewster graduated the police academy in 2010 and was promoted to sergeant in February.

He leaves behind his wife, parents and sisters.

“We’re the Houston Police Department,” Acevedo said. 

He then talked about the loss of Sergeant Steve Perez, who drowned in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

“We pause, we pray and we drive forward.”

HPD Union President Joe Gimaldi called Sgt. Brewster a “true crime fighter, who loved his job and loved protecting the citizens of our community.”

Representative Dan Crenshaw tweeted:

“Chris risked his life every day protecting our community. He loved his job and was a true professional. Never forget him.”

 

Officer Stephen Carr, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Also murdered on Saturday was an officer from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

On Sunday morning, Fayetteville police released the tragic details surrounding the Saturday night murder of one of their officers.  Here’s what they say happened.

Around 9:42 p.m., officers heard gunshots behind the Fayetteville Police Department.

Police from inside the department responded immediately and heard additional gunshots.  When they got into the back lot, they found an armed suspect directly behind the police department.

Fayetteville Police Chief release horrific details of deadly ambush: "He executed my officer."

Fayetteville Police Chief release horrific details of deadly ambush: “He executed my officer.”

 

He was later identified as Officer Stephen Carr of Fayetteville.

Police said the armed man had a confrontation with officers in which they fired their weapons at him, hitting him repeatedly.

Moments later, officers located Officer Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle.

They immediately rendered aid to both the officer and suspect.

Just three minutes later, Fayetteville Fire Department and Central EMS arrived on scene and began life saving efforts for both the officer and suspect. Police said both the wounded officer and suspect succumbed to their injuries and died at the scene.

Police say that the evidence shows that Officer Carr was ambushed and executed while sitting in his patrol vehicle.  They also said that a preliminary investigation also shows that two officers, whose names have not yet been released, fired at the suspect.

 

As per city and department policy, the officers have been placed on paid administrative leave until the Chief of Police is able to review the findings of the investigation.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are conducting the investigation into what happened.

According to the department, Officer Stephen Carr was hired at the Fayetteville Police Department in April of 2017.

He was assigned as a patrol officer, currently working in the Dickson street entertainment district and served for nearly three years.

“We would like to thank our community for their outpouring of support, along with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for their quick response and assistance,” said a press release from the department.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time.”

 

The gunfire touched off a panic at the nearby Fayetteville square.

 

In a briefing with media members shortly before 11 p.m., police chief Mike Reynolds said responders found an officer shot outside the downtown station. The officers then located the gunman and chased him to a nearby alley, where he was fatally shot.

“It appears that the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer,” Reynolds said.

Fayetteville’s Police Department is near the city’s square. According to reports, the shots were heard by people attending the Lights of the Ozarks on the square.

 

Billy Fred Clardy III, Huntsville, Alabama

Slain Huntsville police officer Billy Fred Clardy III was son of officer killed in 1978

Slain Huntsville police officer Billy Fred Clardy III was son of officer killed in 1978

 

And on Friday night, America lost a U.S. Army veteran and a tremendous police officer from Huntsville, Alabama.  And five children lost their father.

Billy Fred Clardy III, a husband and father of five, was shot and killed in the line of duty.  He was only 48-years-old.

On Saturday afternoon, Huntsville police Chief Mark McMurray publicly announced the officer’s name at the Fallen Officer Memorial outside the police department’s headquarters.

Clardy became a Huntsville police officer in 2005, then joined the Madison-Morgan County HIDTA Drug Task Force, known as the STAC team, in 2018.

Prior to that, he worked for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and the Fayetteville Police Department in Tennessee and was also was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army.

“Billy Clardy was more than a Hunsville hero,” McMurray said. “He was an American hero.”

According to McMurray, Clardy had received dozens of awards during his time at HPD, including 19 certificates of commendation, two outstanding unit citations and eight letters of appreciation.

 

During his 14 years at the department, he had been a patrolman, community resource officer and training officer among his other assignments.

During his time in the military, Clardy received the National Defense Medal, Army Service Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle described Clardy as a dedicated community advocate who cared deeply for the local homeless population.

In speaking about him, he called him a “good friend” and “special gift” to the city.

“Our whole community is feeling the hurt of losing one of our own,” Battle said. “Billy Clardy is someone who will be missed … someone who set a standard for us as a community.”

 


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