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Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after an exchange of gunfire with police today, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.  
Rahami also is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. 
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning, a uniformed Linden police officer approached a man later identified as Rahami outside a bar on East Elizabeth Avenue, according to the investigation. At that time, Rahami immediately produced a handgun and shot the officer in the torso, striking him in his protective vest. 
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This defendant was wanted for questioning in a federal investigation being led by the FBI regarding explosive devices found and detonated over the weekend in New Jersey and New York City. That investigation is continuing, and any media inquiries regarding it should be referred to the FBIís Newark office at 973-792-3020.
Convictions on first-degree criminal charges are commonly individually punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison, while second-degree charges typically result in terms of 5 to 10 years. 
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The blast wounded 29 people on Saturday night

New police commissioner James O'Neill was sworn in Friday

CNN —  

For New York’s newest police commissioner James O’Neill, the Chelsea explosion was his initiation into the new job.

The blast, which wounded 29 people on Saturday night, and the discovery of a pressure cooker device set the city on edge on what should’ve been a vibrant night on Manhattan’s west side.

New York explosion leaves dozens injured

At the late night news conference where authorities announced their initial findings, O’Neill took the mic to reassure residents the NYPD was on full alert and an investigation underway.

But his was an unfamiliar face to most. Saturday marked his first full day on the job as the city’s 43rd commissioner, succeeding William Bratton. O’Neill was sworn in Friday – Bratton’s last day on the job.

So just who is the man who oversees the largest police department in the United States?

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill (center) and Mayor Bill de Blasio walk into a press conference as police, firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene of an explosion in Manhattan on September 17, 2016 in New York City.

O’Neill has over three decades of experience with the force, first beginning his career in 1983 with the transit police.

He’s a long-time police veteran

“He credits his time on patrol on the trains and platforms of the subway system with helping him learn how to interact and communicate with a wide range of people, a skill he regards as essential to successful police work,” the NYPD website says.

He gradually rose through the ranks, including as commanding officer of the 25th, 44th and Central Park precincts, followed by chief of patrol. In 2014, he was named chief of department, the NYPD’s highest uniformed rank, before replacing Bratton.

He’s from New York

Flatbush, Brooklyn to be exact. He grew up as one of seven children, later attending John Jay College.

He’s known to go by “Jim” or “Jimmy.”

He has two sons, Daniel and Christopher, and is described by the NYPD as an “avid hockey player and motorcyclist.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, and New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill, center right, speak during a press conference near the scene of an explosion on West 23rd street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

Crime down but challenges ahead

He’s inherited a record low crime rate, thanks to Bratton’s tenure, but will have to grapple with other significant challenges, especially surrounding issues of race and terrorism.

O’Neill has a demonstrated track record when it comes to racial relations. He pioneered the idea of neighborhood policing, or building relationships between police officers and the community to increase trust – and not long after stepping up to Chief of Department, he handled the protests around Eric Garner’s death and the subsequent assassinations of two detectives.

He’s said he will focus on reconnecting the police force and residents.

“Fighting crime is what we get paid to do,” O’Neill said, according to the NYPD website. “But we can’t do that unless we achieve full partnership with the community. Unless we have that connectivity, it’s not going to work.”