Off-duty Newark, NJ, cop killed in shooting

May 27, 2011 - 6:15 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A prosecutor's office in New Jersey says an off-duty Newark police officer has died after being shot in a restaurant Thursday night.

Essex County Prosecutor's spokeswoman Kathy Carter says she doesn't have further details and can't release the name of the officer, a 16-year veteran of the police force.

Mayor Cory Booker said in an early-morning news conference the officer was 45 years old, lived in Newark and had children.

A man and woman were also wounded at the drive-by shooting at the Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza restaurant around 9:45 p.m.

A manhunt for the suspects in the shooting went through the night.

Carter says her office will release more details at a news conference later Friday morning.