MONTCLAIR — A police officer was shot near a school Monday afternoon.

Essex County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly told New Jersey 101.5 an officer and a civilian were taken to University Hospital in Newark following the shooting on Forest Street for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He did not disclose the circumstances of the shooting.

The NJ Police Benevolent Association on its social media accounts asked for prayers for the officer involved.

Montclair police said the Montclair Cooperative School, a private school on Forest Street, was not involved.

Essex County Prosecutor's Office responds to a police involved shooting in Montclair
Essex County Prosecutor's Office responds to a police involved shooting in Montclair 4/15/24 (RLS Metro Breaking News)

Fennelly said that the shooting took place in a residence. An officer responding was fired at by an individual and returned fire hitting them.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who is in California this week to meet with AI and TV and film industry leaders, said in a message on his social media he and first lady Tammy Murphy are praying for the officer.

"Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe," Murphy tweeted.

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