Officer Injured in Bomb Suspect's Arrest Visits School

by Meredith Cooper

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Officer injured in bomb suspect's arrest visits school

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer injured in a shootout with the man suspected of setting off bombs in the New York City area is at a school to thank students for their well wishes.

Linden Patrolman Angel Padilla is visiting Linden School No. 5 on Thursday. Padilla is a member of the school's PTA and involved in events there and in the community.

Students at the school wrote get well cards for Padilla and officer Pete Hammer, who were both hurt in Monday's shootout with Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Padilla was shot in the torso, but his bulletproof vest saved him from a more serious injury. Hammer was grazed in the head by a bullet or shrapnel.

Both officers were treated and released from a hospital.

Rahami remains hospitalized.


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