An Afghan immigrant wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked a New York City neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town was taken into custody Monday after a shootout with police in New Jersey, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.
WABC-TV footage showed a man believed to be 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher in Linden, New Jersey. He appeared to be conscious and looking around.
Law enforcement sources say Ahmad Khan Rahami was captured following gunfire and is reportedly alive but wounded.
He was found after the owner of a local bar discovered him sleeping in a hallway. Believing him to be a vagrant, he contacted police.
"At approximately 10:30 this morning, the owner of one of the establishments in town reported that there was an individual sleeping in his hallway," Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said. "One of our police officers went to investigate, to wake him up, and realized that he was the suspect that has been sought in the other bombings that had occurred prior...He realized it was the suspect, and within moments, the suspect had fired on him. And thank God that he had his vest on. I think that saved his life."
Two police officers in total hurt, with the other officer apparently being shot in the head while sitting in his police cruiser. Neither sustained life-threatening injuries, police said, as the officer in the car suffered a glancing blow.
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