Police officers in New Jersey, Arizona reportedly targeted in horrifying ambush-style attacks

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Police in Camden County said Thursday that two officers were specifically targeted during a drive-by shooting incident in which six bullets struck their home the same day troopers in Arizona were ambushed, reports said.

In the New Jersey incident, two officers were at home with their 10-day-old newborn, but no one was injured.

“Thank God the officers and their baby were uninjured,” said Police Chief Joseph Wysocki at a Thursday press conference, adding that he believes the attack was specifically aimed at the officers.

“I do know that this was a targeted attack against this residence and the officers inside,” he added.

Police said that a Honda Odyssey pulled up to the officers’ home and opened fire. The department has since recovered the vehicle, but the chief said that police are looking for help in finding the owner, driver, or passengers in the van at the time of the incident.

“It’s critical for us to speak to the owner, the occupants, or friends of anybody that operates this vehicle,” said Wysocki.

Both of the allegedly targeted officers, whose names have not been released, were born and raised in Camden, ABC News said. One of them has been on the job for longer than four years while the other has been an officer for more than two years.

At present, there is a $20,000 reward out for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

The New Jersey shooting comes as police in Arizona have arrested one of two suspects who allegedly attempted to ambush state troopers Thursday.

ABC News noted that the suspect police have in custody is accused of firing several rights at the Department of Public Safety detectives with a military-style semi-automatic rifle.

The attack near Phoenix came around 9 a.m. local time, according to authorities, as troopers were preparing to serve a warrant on a wanted subject. One trooper was sitting in an unmarked squad car clearly in police attire when the alleged gunman drove up in a silver Infiniti, according to Arizona DPS Director Col. Heston Silbert.

“There was no question it was an ambush,” he told a press conference. “He was identifiable as a police officer.”

Just as the trooper appeared to be exiting his vehicle, the gunman suspect got out of the passenger side of his vehicle armed with an AK-47-style rifle and “immediately opened up and opened fire on him,” said Silbert.

A trooper who was nearby arrived on the scene in short order, and both of them returned fire, he added. The Infiniti driver fled the scene leaving the passenger behind.

No one was wounded in the exchange of fire.

These incidents come after two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were ambushed and nearly killed as they sat in their police SUV near a rail station in Compton last weekend.

Grainy video footage showed a lone gunman dressed mostly in black walking up to the SUV and opening fire, then running to a waiting vehicle a half-a-block away. The 24- and 31-year-old deputies, a male and female respectively, managed to crawl out of their police vehicle and take a defensive position behind a nearby post.

The female deputy later identified as Claudia Apolinar, a young mother, was credited with patching up her partner as they both waited for assistance, though she was shot in the jaw.

The rising tide of violence, to include attacks against police officers, appears to have gotten the attention of Democrats who have either downplayed or ignored rioting and looting throughout the summer as ‘peaceful protests.’

“We support peaceful demonstrations. We participate in them. They are part of the essence of our democracy. That does not include looting, starting fires, or rioting. They should be prosecuted. That is lawlessness,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the chamber floor Thursday.

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