The five Jersey City officers were shot by two robbery suspects during a running gun battle that started at 5 a.m. and ended when officers forced their way into an apartment where the suspects had barricaded themselves.
Both suspects — an unidentified male and female — were killed in the shoot out. The pair had been under surveillance by police following an armed robbery last month that left one man wounded.
The most critically injured officer arrived at a local medical center in full cardiac arrest with no vital signs but doctors were able to resuscitate him. One side of his face was blown away and he will require plastic surgery to repair his jaw, sinuses and the left eye socket.
President Obama sent his thoughts and prayers to the families of the officers and said the shooting was a reminder of the sacrifices that officers make every day. “We are confident that they are going to come back as strong as ever,” he said.