- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A police officer in New Jersey’s second-largest city early Tuesday shot a man who authorities say attacked the officer and another with a sharpened fence post.

The attack and shooting came days after a rookie police officer was gunned down in an ambush, leaving police and residents on edge.

According to a preliminary investigation, two emergency services police officers saw the 25-year-old man and ordered him to drop the post, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said in a release.

Authorities said the man threw it through the passenger window, hitting an officer in the head. The man then reached through the window and grabbed the officer’s rifle, authorities said.

The officer discharged his firearm through the door, a bullet striking the man.

Both officers exited the vehicle and ordered the man to the ground.

One officer opened fire after authorities said the man refused to show his hands and hid a hand in his waistband.

The man is undergoing surgery and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, the prosecutor’s office said.

His name has not been released.

The police officers also are being treated.

Officer Melvin Santiago was ambushed early Sunday as he responded to an armed robbery call at a 24/7 pharmacy, authorities said. Other officers returned fire, killing Lawrence Campbell.

City officials have lashed out that some residents created a makeshift memorial and were grieving for the suspect instead of the officer.

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