- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police officer wounded in a shootout with a terror suspect will be in the House gallery to see President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer invited Officer Angel Padilla to attend Tuesday’s speech before a joint session. The Democrat tells The Record (https://njersy.co/2mExp2V ) Padilla is a “true American hero” who “embodies and exemplifies the very best of New Jersey.”

The patrolman was injured helping to capture Ahmad Rahimi during a gunbattle with five officers in September.

Rahimi was suspected of planting two bombs in Manhattan and two in New Jersey - near a charity run in Seaside Park, and in a trash can in Elizabeth. One of the bombs detonated in a Manhattan neighborhood, injuring 30 people.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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