Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino announced today that at approximately 3:56 a.m. this morning Irvington police officers responded to a call indicating three males were breaking into a business at the location of 56 South 20th Street, Irvington, New Jersey. This location borders Irvington and Newark, New Jersey.
When the police officers responded they observed that the front door had been forcibly opened. During their search of the interior two story machine shop, they observed that the alleged suspect utilized a ladder to exit the building through a rooftop skylight. The officers then surrounded the exterior of the building while awaiting the arrival of Irvington fire Department to gain access to the roof.
Officers then observed the alleged suspect jump approximately twenty five feet from the roof to the ground and flee on foot. A foot pursuit ensued. In the back yard of 58 Beverly Street, Newark, one of the officers caught the alleged suspect and became engaged in a physical struggle. The alleged suspect assaulted the officer. The officer fired one round from his 40 caliber service weapon striking the suspect in his upper body.
The suspect was transported to UMDNJ where he expired a short time later. The officer was also treated and released from the hospital.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office Professional Standards Bureau and the Irvington Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an investigation into this police shooting.