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Teens Arrested after Allegedly Opening Fire on Police

Two Newark police officers sustain non-life threatening injuries

Two teenagers were arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly opening fire on Newark police officers in a spate of gunfire within a two-block radius, authorities said.

Two Newark police officers were shot at shortly before 3 a.m. after responding to two separate vehicles allegedly exchanging gunfire in the area of 202 S. Orange Ave., according to Sgt. Ronald Glover, spokesperson for the Newark Police Department. 

The officers, who did not return gunfire and were not struck by bullets, suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of a foot pursuit and arrests of a 17-year-old Newark teen and 19-year-old man from Pennsylvania, Glover said. The unidentified duo are facing charges, though Glover did not elaborate.

Police also recovered one firearm inside a 2008 Acura TSX reported carjacked Sunday in Newark.

The city's ShotSpotter system, technology that informs police with the location and number of shooters and shots fired, detected gunfire at 250-262 Bergen St., 40-56 14th Ave. and the S. Orange Avenue location.

"These suspects showed no regard for human life as they fired indiscriminately at each other and the police," said Police Director Samuel DeMaio in a statement. "Our officers demonstrated tremendous bravery, restraint, and professionalism as they pursued and captured these violent and dangerous criminals without the use of deadly force. I applaud all of the officers involved for another job well done and wish our injured officers a speedy and complete recovery from their injuries."

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