New Jersey police officer shot while making arrest speaks out

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File photo. (Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro).

A Burlington County police officer is recovering after he was injured in the line of duty early Tuesday morning.

Officials said Frank Ambrifi, 40, a 16-year veteran of the Delanco Township Police Department and a former U.S. Marine, responded to a 911 call around 3:45 a.m. for reports of a 21-year-old man acting strangely.

A struggle ensued during which Ambrifi fired his weapon, striking the man several times.

He is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Ambrifi, who was just married four weeks ago, was shot in the left knee.

He is in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital awaiting surgery.

It’s unclear whether the bullet that struck Ambrifi was from his own weapon or if it was fired by the suspect.

“On behalf of myself and my entire family, I thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and concern,” Ambrifi said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I want to assure everyone that I’m fine and the doctors are telling me I should make a full recovery. Your continued thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”


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