NEWARK — The city has released body camera footage showing the arrest of a previously convicted felon who was armed with a handgun.

Three of Newark's newest police officers, who are members of the public safety department's Community Focus Team, pulled into the Exxon gas station at 397 Springfield Ave. just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The officers, who still are in field training, heard two men arguing loudly and also saw one of the men take out a handgun while approaching the second man, police said.

The three officers each drew their handguns and arrested 36-year-old Laquan Walker, who faces weapon possession charges.

“I am grateful that these officers took command of a situation that could have ended in a tragedy,” Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said. “The Community Focus Team Officers, who are still in field training, likely averted a shooting and may have saved a man’s life. Our neighborhoods are safer thanks to the presence and quick actions of these officers. They each exhibited great restraint and should be commended."

No injuries were reported.

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