Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:35 AM
Updated: Jul 13, 2014 7:35 AM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) Officials say a 23-year-old Jersey City police officer has been shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery call at a 24-hour drug store.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says in a statement that Officer Melvin Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police car as he and his partner responded to a call at a Walgreens store at about 4 a.m. Sunday. Fulop says Santiago was later pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center.
Fulop says officers responding to the robbery call shot and killed the man who shot Santiago. He was not immediately identified.
The mayor says an armed security guard at the pharmacy told authorities the man struck him and took his weapon. Fulop says police believe that weapon was used in the shooting.
Fulop called the incident a "horrible day for Jersey City" and a "tragic situation."