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N.J. cop injured in shootout dies day before 38th birthday

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  • Marc DiNardo was one of five officers injured in New Jersey shootout last week
  • Two suspects were killed in shootout; DiNardo was shot twice in face
  • DiNardo's family plans to donate his organs, medical center's president says
By Stephanie Gallman
CNN
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(CNN) -- A Jersey City, New Jersey, police officer shot in the line of duty last week died of his injuries Tuesday, a day before his 38th birthday, a spokeswoman for the city's mayor announced.

Police officers gather at the site of a shootout in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Thursday.

Police officers gather at the site of a shootout in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Thursday.

Jennifer Morrill said Officer Marc DiNardo, who was wounded last Thursday in a shootout, passed away Tuesday morning.

Jersey City Police Chief Thomas Comey told reporters Monday night that DiNardo was not expected to live.

DiNardo was one of five officers injured early Thursday as they moved in for a tactical entry into an apartment where a shooting suspect and another person were holed up. Officials say the officers were met with gunfire, and a shootout ensued. Both suspects were killed, and DiNardo suffered two gunshot wounds to the face.

Melissa Bartholomew, a family friend and fellow police officer, read a statement Monday from DiNardo's family, which includes his wife Mary, three young children and his parents. She said DiNardo, whose 38th birthday is Wednesday, had a personality that no one could forget.

"Marc was not a selfish man. He was a moral man; a man who gave himself for those who couldn't care for themselves," she said.

DiNardo's family plans to donate his organs, said Joe Scott, president of LibertyHealth and its Jersey City Medical Center. "This unselfish act will live on in the lives that Marc will impact through organ donation."

Officer Michael Camacho, who was also wounded in the shootout, was upgraded from critical to serious condition and moved out of the intensive care unit, Scott said Monday. Camacho was shot in the neck during the gun battle.

The other three officers were treated at a hospital and released.

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