The following is an excerpt from TOM WINTER, MIGUEL ALMAGUER, JONATHAN DIENST and CORKY SIEMASZKO | September 19, 2016 | nbc.com |
The desperate search for a 28-year-old man wanted in connection with a series of blasts that terrorized New York and New Jersey over the last three days ended Monday in a gun battle with police officers.
Ahmad Khan Rahami was charged Monday evening with charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, according to the Union County, N.J., prosecutor.
The prosecutor's office also charged him with second-degree counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. A state judge set bail at $5.2 million.
Rahami, who could face up to 20 years for each count of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, was taken into custody after he was shot in the leg during the 10:30 a.m. confrontation in Linden, N.J., law enforcement sources said.
Rahami managed to shoot one police officer in the hand and another in the bulletproof vest before he was apprehended, they said.
The injuries sustained by Rahami, who was being treated at University Hospital in Newark, and by the officers did not appear to be life-threatening, officials said.
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