JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man at a Jersey City Walgreens opened fire on police Sunday morning, killing a rookie cop who was responding to a call while he was still sitting in his squad car, officials said.
Officer Melvin Santiago, 23, was fatally shot in the head responding to a report of an armed robbery at the 24-hour drugstore on Communipaw Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard just after 4 a.m., Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told reporters.
Lawrence Campbell, 27, of Jersey City, went into the Walgreens with no intention of robbing the store, Fulop said.
As CBS 2’s Matt Kozar reported, Campbell beat up an armed guard and stole his gun.
He then waited outside for police arrive. While he was waiting, he apologized to a customer for his conduct and told her to watch the news because he was going to be famous, Fulop said.
“Surveillance cameras showed Campbell walked outside and spoke to a witness, at which time he apologized for his conduct in Walgreens and then subsequently told the witness to watch the news later today because he was going to be famous,” Fulop said.
About four minutes later, Santiago and his partner pulled into the parking lot when the gunman fired from close range, Fulop said. Cambpell unleashed three more shots at a second police car.
Officers then shot Campbell multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fulop said Campbell has been linked to a prior Jersey City homicide.