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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Off-duty sheriff deputy shot in Newark

NEW YORK  - An off-duty Essex County sheriff deputy was shot outside a nightclub in Newark early Thursday morning.

The officer was trying to leave the club at about 2 a.m. after gunfire erupted when he was shot, said Essex County officials.

The officer returned fire in front of the Mercedes and Mink nightclub striking two suspects, added officials.

The deputy was rushed to University Hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening. He is expected to be treated and released later Thursday.

The conditions of the suspects remains unclear.

A police investigation is underway.

The identity of the officer had not been made public.

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