Man pleads not guilty in shooting of 2 officers; ordered to remain jailed
A man accused of shooting two Newark police officers has pleaded not guilty to the crime.
Kendall Howard has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, as well as other charges, in the shooting of two Newark police officers on Nov. 1.
A judge has ordered that Howard remain in jail until a Nov. 9 court hearing. He has been assigned a public defender.
The two officers injured are both expected to recover. Officer Jabrill Paul was shot in the leg. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday. A second officer, who has not been identified, was shot in the neck and shoulder area. He underwent surgery and remains in the hospital.
The officers were attempting to question Howard about a different crime when he allegedly shot them.
That shooting then led to an hourslong manhunt. Officers searched the apartment complex for hours but determined at the time that Howard was no longer there.
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About 12 hours later, police returned to the building and brought Howard out in handcuffs. It was not clear if Howard had been there the whole time.
“I don’t think he ever left the building. If he did leave the building and came back the next day, that doesn’t make any sense,” says tenant Demond Hall.
Hall and fellow tenant Ahmed Larry say they often saw Howard in the building but believed him to be a new resident.
“This thing about this shooter – he is always loitering in the building,” says Larry. "I always see him in the lobby here with a chair, sitting, comfortable, smoking his weed."
Hall and Larry said they were also pleased to see a number of workers with Newark City Code Enforcement enter the building on Thursday.
Workers were posting flyers telling people they'll be performing a complete inspection of the building.
Tenants say they finally have the city's attention because of this shooting.
Their biggest issues include security and hot water.
Hall says there is a side emergency door that is wide open. News 12 confirmed that.
"Because that door is always broken, so anybody can always get in and out of that door,” says Hall.