LINDEN, N.J. — A Linden police officer injured in a shootout with the man suspected of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey is headed to a school to thank students for their well wishes.
A school district spokeswoman says officer Angel Padilla will visit Linden School No. 5 on Thursday morning. Padilla is a member of the school’s PTA and very 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.
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 at a hospital and have since been released.