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New Jersey Officer Ambushed, Killed Responding to Armed Robbery

July 14, 2014  | 

VIDEO: New Jersey Officer Shot, Killed Responding to an Armed Robbery

Jersey City (N.J.) Officer Melvin Santiago, 23, was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center after being shot while responding to a report of an armed robbery at the Walgreens store at Communipaw Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard early Sunday morning, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said in a press conference.

At 4:09 a.m. Santiago and another officer responded to the Walgreens from Bergen and Lexington avenues and were the first officers to arrive at the scene. The gunman, who has not yet been identified, opened fire on the marked police car. Santiago, who was still in the vehicle, was struck in the head, Fulop told NJ.com.

Santiago was rushed to the Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later, Fulop said.

Police identified the alleged shooter as 27-year-old Jersey City resident, Lawrence Campbell. Witnesses say that Campbell ran toward the police car as it pulled into the parking lot and fired through the windshield, fatally wounding Officer Santiago.

Additional responding officers returned fire and the gunman was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. The armed security guard at the Walgreen's stated that the suspect struck him and took his weapon, which police believe was the weapon used in the shooting.

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Comments (6)

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bob retired leo @ 7/14/2014 2:36 PM

RIP brother and condolences to your family. You gave your life to protect the community.

krisnlc @ 7/14/2014 3:25 PM

SAD...the only good thing is the perp. was shot dead...thank you partners of Santiago...this @sshole does not get to lie and manipulate his way out of this one!

ssc1911 @ 7/14/2014 6:13 PM

RIP Brother and condolences to your family and the JCPD on the loss of this young officer.

I was saddened to see a news story about the perp and where his wife said that hew should have gotten more of them. The perp's wife shows no remorse for what her husband did to officer Melvin Santiago. Go to News 12 NJ. Reporter that interviewed the perp's wife was Sean Bergin at new 12 NJ

Tom Raferty Jr @ 7/14/2014 9:00 PM

Rest in Peace Brother. You and your famly are in my prayers. The wife of the dips--- is another ignorant thing. One thing is the dirtbags family will save on a coffrin and pallbearers, because there are only two handles on a TRASH can.

Morning Eagle @ 7/15/2014 3:15 AM

What a tragic waste, and so young, but trying to take his life in the right direction of service. Outstanding job by responding officers and I am glad they kept shooting until his killer was dead, dead, dead. His wife sounds like a real piece of work that should probably not be running around loose either.

Morning Eagle @ 7/15/2014 4:51 AM

Second thoughts: I didn't know this young officer but can identify with him because he is the same age I was when I proudly put on the uniform and received trust of those I worked with and for.

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