A man who is accused of shooting two police officers and wounding them has been arrested by the police. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II said that Kendall “Book” Howard, who is 30 years old, was brought into custody around 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The identities of the wounded cops have not been released by the authorities, although both are said to be in stable condition. According to Stephens, it is anticipated that they will make a full and complete recovery. Fritz G. Fragé, the director of public safety for the City of Newark, said at a news conference with Stephens that both officers had been working for the department for one and a half years. On Wednesday, it was anticipated that one of the cops would be discharged from the hospital where they had been staying. Before being discharged from the hospital, the other patient still has to make more progress in their recovery.
“I just visited the two police officers who were shot during yesterday’s attack in Newark. Both of them are expected to make full recoveries,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
According to NJ.com, a law enforcement officer was shot in the leg. The second person was shot in the shoulder and had a bullet go through their neck as well.
Howard was sought for allegedly shooting someone on Friday, and the search was ongoing. According to the officials, someone recognized Howard from a leaflet and called the police to report him missing. A parking lot is where the police discovered Howard.
“They gave him instructions,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. “There was a brief altercation. The gentleman pulled a gun out, shot two police officers at close range. Gunshot was returned – fire was returned. The gentleman retreated into the building,”
“They stopped him to talk to him and to identify him, and a violent interaction occurred,” Stephens said, according to NJ.com.
According to the site, there was an initial state of uncertainty, which included erroneous claims that a shooter was shooting at the street from a rooftop. A lot of the original information about the case came from law enforcement sources who knew what was going on.
Two separate charges of attempted homicide have been brought against Howard. He is also being charged with illegal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon for an illegal purpose.