Jersey City Shootout Leaves 6 Dead, Including Police Officer

By WCBS Newsradio 880

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A veteran police officer, two suspects and three bystanders are dead following a furious four-hour long gunbattle that turned Jersey City into a war zone on Tuesday afternoon in what the mayor described as a "targeted" incident.

A massive police response, including SWAT teams, the FBI and Newark’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), descended on Bay View Cemetery and a store at Martin Luther King Drive near Bayview Avenue around 12:30 p.m.

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Jersey City Police Chief Mike Kelly said the standoff began when officers received calls of shots fired near 223 Martin Luther King Drive. When units arrived at the scene, they were immediately engaged by high-powered rifle fire.

However, Kelly notes that entire incident started when a group of officers confronted suspects near near the cemetery on Garfield Avenue. There, two officers were injured and one officer was fatally struck by gunfire.

Mayor Steven Fulop confirmed that officer was Detective Joe Seals, who joined the Jersey City Police Department in 2006. He was assigned to the Cease Fire Unit and was a leading police officer in removing guns off the street. Fulop notes he was a husband and father of five.

“Officers in other precincts knew who he was because he was a good cop,” said Fulop. 

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a statement saying the state is "grateful" for the police officers' "service and their sacrifice."

The New Jersey State PBA also took to Twitter to request prayers for Jersey City officers.