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Officer Who Was Shot Taking Down Armed Suspect Gets Hospital Release He’ll Never Forget

Newark, New Jersey Police Officer Nicholas Edert, 23, found a hero’s reception waiting for him as he exited University Hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound that he suffered in the course of his duties on December 14th. Through the quick action of his fellow officers, Edert was rushed to the hospital and released mere hours later. The valiant officer and his colleagues apprehended his shooter without firing a shot. For his courage, Officer Edert of the Newark PD Intelligence Unit was promoted to Detective immediately upon his release.

Officer Recovering Well And Promoted For Bravery

May be an image of 2 people and people standingThe Newark Department of Public Safety said in a Facebook release,

“Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara led the entire Public Safety Department in an unbelievable show of solidarity and support for Police Officer Nicholas Edert. Edert was released from University Hospital today after being shot in the line of duty last night. Mayor Baraka and Director O’Hara commended Edert and his fellow officers for their incredible bravery—taking down an armed suspect who was shooting at them without a single shot fired by police. Edert was promoted to the rank of Detective by Mayor Baraka and Director O’Hara immediately after exiting the hospital with his parents and and hundreds of fellow officers present.”

Based upon multiple reports, the as-yet-unidentified suspect was approached by then-Officer Edert with intent to question him when he pulled out a gun and opened fire on the officers striking Edert in the leg. Other outlets have reported that Edert was struck in the groin. (Writer’s Note: Honestly, we’re hoping it was the leg.)

“Pulled his gun out immediately and began shooting without provocation,” Baraka said. “It’s just a good thing that the officer is well and alive and alert.”

“Last night could have very easily ended in some serious tragedy with multiple officers facing death, but thanks to the heroism of our police officers, Officer Edert will spend Christmas at home with his family like he’s supposed to,” said public safety director Brian O’Hara.

The suspect was then physically subdued by Edert and his fellow officers and placed under arrest. His firearm was also recovered. Charges for the suspect and his identity have not yet been released.

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