New Jersey officer killed in shootout, two officers and civilian wounded

A police officer was killed Tuesday afternoon during a shootout and standoff in Jersey City, New Jersey, prompting a lockdown at schools for miles around, authorities said.

One “police officer has been fatally shot today” in Jersey City and two “add’l officers & one civilian have also been struck by gunfire but they are stable,” according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The slain officer was investigating a murder and approached suspects — and one of them opened fire before they ducked into a store, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

The suspects then holed up in a store near Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue, about 8 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, law enforcement sources said.

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