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NJ Police Officer Shot, Wounded Near West New York Home: Officials

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A police officer in New Jersey was shot and wounded in what turned into a tense situation involving SWAT team members outside a home, police and state officials told News 4.

The incident occurred in West New York at a home on 59th Street between Palisade and Hudson avenues Friday evening. There were initial reports that it all started as a domestic violence incident, the attorney general's office confirmed Saturday.

At some point, the officer was shot and taken to a nearby hospital, but the injury is not believed to be life-threatening, according to a police source.

The state's attorney general's office said two West New York officers fired at the individual who wounded the initial officer. The man was fatally wounded.

Police were still at the scene for hours. Over a loudspeaker, they were heard saying "if there is anyone inside, please come to the front window." One person — a man dressed in red — exited the home with his hands up soon after, though it was unclear if he had done anything wrong, or if he was simply a resident of the home.

A short time later, SWAT teams entered the home with guns drawn. As they did so, police told a crowd of bystanders who were watching the drama unfold from behind crime tape to move back further as a precaution.

Three separate firearms were recovered near the man shot at the home.

Because it was a shooting that involved police and civilians, the state attorney general's office is conducting the investigation.

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