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3 Officers Hurt In Shooting At New Jersey Police Station

(credit: CBSPhilly.com)

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GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Three officers were injured in a shooting at a police station in southern New Jersey on Friday morning that left a suspect dead.

The shooting occurred at the Gloucester Township police station in Camden County.

Chief Harry Earle said the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. inside the police station when a suspect being taken into custody for a domestic violence-related incident got into a confrontation with officers, CBS Philly reported.

The suspect, 9-year-old Eddie Jones III, grabbed a gun and began firing, authorities said.

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Sgt. James Garber, a 13-year veteran, was shot multiple times in the chest. He is currently in stable condition.

Eight-year veteran Sgt. Kevin Thyne and Officer Ruth Burns, a one-year veteran, suffered minor injuries.

“The officers responded with quick and decisive action and engaged an armed assailant firing repeatedly. Eddie Jones was shot multiple times by police and was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Gloucester Township Police Department Chief Harry Earle.

At the time of the incident, Jones was being processed for a domestic violence incident.  Police said the outcome was an act of self-defense and that officers did everything they could to protect each other.

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