By Chelsea Karnash
CLEMENTON, NJ (CBS) — Police and rescue crews responded to the Gloucester County Municipal Building on Chews Landing Road this morning after shots were fired inside the Gloucester Township police station.
During an impromptu press conference, the deputy police chief told the media that the incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. inside the building when a suspect being taken into custody for a domestic violence-related incident got into a confrontation with officers.
The suspect was able to take a firearm and opened fire on the officers.
Three officers were reportedly injured, including at least one who was shot just below his bulletproof vest. He is said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery. The other two officers sustained minor injuries and should be released from the hospital shortly as of 9:49 a.m.
The shooter was killed by police.
Earlier, yellow crime scene tape was placed around the parking lot at the station. An ambulance escorted by Gloucester Township Police was later seen leaving the scene en route to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where it arrived around 6:30 a.m.
Eyewitness News spoke to a woman who lives across the street. She said she heard sirens first, then saw various police personnel arriving.
“Right away I knew something was very wrong,” the woman said.
Gloucester Township police will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. Friday to share more information on this developing story.