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Newark police officer shot

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NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while trying to arrest an armed robbery suspect Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The officer, a 19-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union.

The officer got into a struggle with the suspect outside a shop on Clinton Avenue when he was shot, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The suspect was also shot.

He was brought to University Hospital in Newark and appears to be in "relatively good shape," according to James Stewart Jr., the head of the police union.

Local resident helped the wounded cop and also held the suspect until police backup took over, according to officials.

"With the help of the community, police were able to quickly locate the officer and the suspect effectively stopping an incident that could have been a lot worse," Newark Police Director Eugene Venable said. "I thank the community and hope for continued support to as we go forward in our quest to improve the quality of life for all citizens and visitors of the great city of Newark."

The suspect was also being treated at University Hospital, authorities said. He is expected to survive and face charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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