Prosecutors: West New York resident Emmanuel Hernandez shot at police, barricaded himself in home
A man who allegedly fled from a traffic stop and shot at police before barricading himself inside a home for several hours has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of police officers.
Hudson County prosecutors say Emmanuel Hernandez, 27, also faces other charges stemming from Sunday's standoff in West New York. It wasn't known Monday if he's retained an attorney.
Prosecutors say police initially encountered Hernandez when North Bergen officers responded to reports of a man with a gun. As officers tried to question him, Hernandez allegedly fled in a vehicle, striking an officer and a police cruiser.
An ensuing police pursuit ended in nearby West New York, where Hernandez allegedly shot at the officers. One officer returned fire, but no one was struck by any shots.
Officials say Hernandez then barricaded himself inside the basement of his home for several hours. Neighbors say that they were worried for their safety because many were home while the standoff was happening.
Police say that along with a handgun, they also recovered a shotgun with ammunition from the home.
No one was hurt during the standoff.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.