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2 New Jersey detectives ambushed at close range while stopped at red light

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Two New Jersey police officers in Camden were ambushed at close range while sitting in their vehicle on Tuesday night.

The plainclothes detectives were stopped at a red light when they were ambushed by at least one man, who opened fire on them.

“The information we have thus far is that they were essentially ambushed,” Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson told reporters last night. “A male walked up and began opening fire. We have anywhere between 10 and 25 rounds that were fired at the officers.”

Only one of the detectives was able to return fire as both were shot, one in the hand and the other in the arm. The Chicago Tribune reports that non-life-threatening injuries were sustained, but that the majority of the projectiles punched through the windshield.

The motive behind the unprovoked attack is unknown, with theories ranging from mistaken identity to the deliberate attack of two detectives.

“Maybe they did know they were police officers and that’s the reason why they did it. Maybe they thought they were somebody else. We’ll find that out as the investigation unfolds,” Thomson said.

The detectives were taken to the hospital shortly after the incident.

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