Before Fatally Shooting New Jersey Police Officer, Man Told Witness He Was ‘Going to Be Famous’

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Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago (pictured), 23, was fatally shot by Lawrence Campbell, police say. Campbell was then shot dead by police. (Credit: Jersey City Police Department/Los Angeles Times)

A man who claimed he was “going to be famous” assaulted a security officer in a Walgreens store early Sunday, stole his gun, and then waited several minutes for New Jersey police to arrive before opening fire on them and killing one officer, authorities said.

Police returned fire, killing the suspect, Lawrence Campbell, 27, who prosecutors say was wanted in connection with an earlier murder in Jersey City, about six miles west of New York City.

The chaos unfolded shortly after 4 a.m. in Jersey City, when police say Campbell walked into the store and pretended to be looking for greeting cards. A security guard pointed Campbell in the right direction.

After walking toward the cards, Campbell left the store but then circled back and returned, wielding a knife, assaulting the security officer and seizing his firearm, according to statements from Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and prosecutors.

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