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Crime 'We were beyond lucky to have him': Joseph Seals, cop killed in Jersey City shooting, was a 15-year veteran

07:20  11 december  2019
07:20  11 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Joseph Seals, a Jersey City Police Detective, died Tuesday during a bloody gunfight that started in a cemetery and tore through the city's Greenville section, leaving six dead and several wounded.

Seals, a 40-year-old married father of five, joined the city police in 2006. He was promoted to detective in November 2017 and belonged to the department’s Cease Fire Unit.

At a Tuesday evening news conference, Jersey City Police Commissioner Michael Kelly said Seals was on duty when he was gunned down at the Bay View Cemetery . But he did not know details of why Seals was there.

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“I just know he came upon bad guys and I’m not sure how he got there just yet,” Kelly said, adding later that police "have no inkling what the motive is."

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Calls to Seals’ family were not returned Tuesday evening. Several unmarked police cruisers were parked outside the family’s home, and officers cordoned off the area around the house.

But visiting family friends remembered Seals as a great dad who was always there for his kids.

“He was a great, great guy — couldn’t be better,” said a man who declined to give his name as he brought flowers to the home. “It’s a shame.”

The gunfight that claimed Seals’ life exploded onto the city’s rain-soaked streets at about 12:30 p.m., when either one or two gunmen shot the detective in the cemetery. When the city police responded to calls of gunfire near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, they were met with fire from the gunmen’s high-powered rifles, authorities say.

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  Funeral set for police detective among 4 killed in attacks A police detective killed in an attack that also left five others dead last week is to be laid to rest. Funeral services for Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals are scheduled for Tuesday morning. The 40-year-old married father of five was killed in a confrontation a week ago with two attackers who then drove to a kosher market and killed three people inside before dying in a lengthy shootout with police.Jersey City Director of Public Safety James Shea called Seals “the ultimate detective or officer we would point to to tell young officers, ‘this is how you should behave.

Two gunmen in Jersey City who sparked chaos in a residential neighborhood when they exchanged gunfire with police in an hours-long shootout "targeted" We have no indication there are any further threats,” he added. Detective Joseph Seals was killed in the gun battle that kicked off at about 12:30

Police closed the streets around a kosher grocery store in which the suspects barricaded themselves, authorities said.  Backup from surrounding counties and the Port Authority Police arrived, as did agents from the FBI and ATF.

The gunmen continued pouring fire onto police for several hours, Kelly said. They hit two officers, Ray Sanchez and Mariela Fernandez, in the shoulder and the body, Kelly said. Both have since been released from the hospital.

By the end of the day, five lay dead in the supermarket: three civilians and the two suspected gunmen, Kelly said. No civilians were hit outside the store.

Seals was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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“I can just tell you they were very, very brave along with many men and women out there,” Kelly said.

The gunmen also drove a stolen UHaul truck that may contain an “incendiary device,” Kelly said. The city’s bomb squad is investigating.

As the sun set on the day of shocking violence, city officials and police across North Jersey mourned the dead officer. On Facebook, police and their supporters shared photos of Seals, his family and the Jersey City police shield with a black bar across its center.

“We’d all give anything to have Det. Seals back and the other people who passed away today,” said James Shea, Jersey City’s public safety director. “But there is no question the Jersey City Police Department did what they were supposed to do to protect that neighborhood.”

Mayor Steve Fulop and police brass met with Seals’ family at Jersey City Medical Center to lend their condolences. In a Facebook post, Fulop called Seals “one of our best police officers,” and said he was responsible for pulling more illegal guns off the street than anyone else.

a boy wearing a hat: Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals© New Jersey State Police Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals “He was an officer that loved [Jersey City], was involved in the community, and one that everyone knew regardless of their precinct,” Fulop wrote. “Sometimes we take for granted the work a police officer does when they wear that uniform. I know I’m guilty of it at times. In the end, they are people that volunteered to keep everyone else safe regardless of the circumstance. That was Joe Seals … We were beyond lucky to have him.”

Scott Fallon and Melanie Anzidei contributed to this report.

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This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: 'We were beyond lucky to have him': Joseph Seals, cop killed in Jersey City shooting, was a 15-year veteran

Funeral set for police detective among 4 killed in attacks .
A police detective killed in an attack that also left five others dead last week is to be laid to rest. Funeral services for Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals are scheduled for Tuesday morning. The 40-year-old married father of five was killed in a confrontation a week ago with two attackers who then drove to a kosher market and killed three people inside before dying in a lengthy shootout with police.Jersey City Director of Public Safety James Shea called Seals “the ultimate detective or officer we would point to to tell young officers, ‘this is how you should behave.

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