Three officers have been shot after a man at a police station in New Jersey grabbed a gun and opened fire, before he was shot dead.
"A violent struggle occurred while the suspect was being processed," confirmed Gloucester Township Deputy Chief David Harkins. The incident occurred early Friday at around 5:30 a.m, NBC Philadelphia reported. The man had apparently been brought in for a domestic incident, when he got into a confrontation with police officers.
It was not immediately clear who the gun belonged to or how the suspect got a hold of it, but reports noted that three officers were hurt in the incident – one was shot below his bulletproof vest, and had to undergo emergency surgery at Cooper University hospital. The other two officers were treated for graze wounds and did not suffer serious injuries.
"Fortunately, two of those officers are in stable condition and being treated for their wounds and should be released sometime today," Gloucester Police Chief Harry Earle said, according to ABC News.
"Obviously, there is a very intense investigation regarding this back at the Gloucester Township police headquarters," the police chief added.
Little is known about the gunman, other than that he was shot and killed by police at the station before he could cause any more damage. More details are expected to be revealed at around 3 p.m. today at a news conference.
Just on Monday, two firefighters were killed and another two injured in a shooting in western New York. The firefighters were responding to a fire in Webster, N.Y., which turned out to be a trap set up by a lone gunman. An ex-convict, the 62-year-old man apparently left a note describing that his intentions were to "burn down the neighborhood and do what I like doing best, killing people."
The incidents come as the U.S. is still mourning the deaths of 26 people shot dead two weeks ago at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., which has sparked a call for officials to address the growing trend of nationwide violence that has been rising in recent years.