Bomb suspect Ahmad Rahimi enters not guilty plea in Linden police shootings

A man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York has made his first court appearance on charges he tried to fatally shoot police officers trying to capture him.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi's attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf to charges of attempted murder of Linden police officers. Rahimi appeared via video from his hospital bed at University Hospital in Newark.

The Afghan-born U.S. citizen has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since a police shootout that led to his capture on Sept. 19 outside a bar in Linden.

Rahimi is accused of detonating a pipe bomb in Seaside Park just before a Marine charity 5K race, and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City on Sept. 17, injuring 31 people.

A video stream of Rahimi was shown in the courtroom in Elizabeth. Rahimi's head was propped up on pillows. A public defender stood next to him wearing a disposable hospital gown and plastic gloves.

Thursday's court proceedings were only related to state charges related to the shooting in Linden. 

Rahimi is also facing federal charges related to the bombings. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing him in that case. He has not yet entered a plea on the federal charges.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."