The pursuit apparently started when a Jersey City officer in an unmarked patrol car spotted three robbery suspects in a car and gave chase.
The suspects, not knowing the area, pulled into the parking lot of the Sandbar restaurant.
Trapped, a suspect reportedly jumped out of the car and fired four shots at the police officer. The police officer returned fire. No one was hit.
Police say the suspects got away by ramming into the police car and speeding off. The pursuit continued, during which the suspects fired five more shots at officers, who returned fire.
The suspects again rammed into police cars in a crash that ended the pursuit.
The three suspects were taken into custody, and charges against them are pending. Two handguns were also recovered.
The crash temporarily closed busy Communipaw Avenue for the morning commute.
It was the second police involved shootout in the city in less than a week. Last Thursday, five police officers were shot and two suspects killed in another gunbattle.
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