🚨NYPD and Woodbridge police had a suspect under surveillance

🚨The suspect came out of the Raritan Hotel and opened fire on the officers

🚨Officers returned fire fatally striking the suspect

UPDATE: Suspect came out of elevator and started shooting up lobby

WOODBRIDGE  — A suspect wanted in a New York City homicide was fatally shot by police outside a New Jersey hotel early Thursday morning.

The person shot at the Royal Albert Palace catering hall and Raritan Hotel on King Georges Road in Woodbridge had been tracked to New Jersey by an automatic license plate reader. NYPD police had gone to the hotel along with Woodbridge police on surveillance.

Sources told New Jersey 101.5 that suspect came out of the hotel and began firing at the officers, who returned fire. The suspect, who was struck several times by gunfire, was hospitalized and pronounced dead, officials say.

Two officers, one each from Woodbridge police and the NYPD were struck by gunfire, according to state Attorney General Matthew Platkin. Both officers remained hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon.

Platkin would not disclose how many shots were fired. No one besides police or the suspect were struck by gunfire.

Sources said the suspect is wanted in a homicide in East Harlem. Platkin said the NYPD would release details about the case.

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Map shows the location of the Raritan Hotel in Woodbridge
Map shows the location of the Raritan Hotel in Woodbridge (Canva)

Attorney General's Office takes the lead

The Office of Public Integrity and Accountability of the Attorney General's office is investigating the shooting per state law, Platkin said.

"While we’re grateful for the brave and swift actions taken by all who responded, we also remember that no police officer – or any member of law enforcement – should ever face this violence while performing their duties,' Platkin said. "Officers take enormous risks on a daily basis to keep our communities safe. We must continue to work together to prevent and disrupt gun violence of every kind in New Jersey."

NJSPBA President Peter Andreyev also reacted to the news.

“It is outrageous that in the past six months 5 officers have been shot in New Jersey. We have never had this level of violence and must be stopped," Andreyev wrote on X.

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