Law & Justice

Update on Police Involved Fatal Shooting in East Orange


EAST ORANGE, NJ  – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the person fatally shot in East Orange by an off-duty Jersey City police officer has been identified as Samir Nicholson, 24, of East Orange.

Nicholson was shot on April 29 in the 200 block of South Clinton Street in East Orange at approximately 1 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 1:35 p.m.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the off-duty Jersey City police officer witnessed a shooting in progress. That officer shot Nicholson after he shot an unidentified male. The other male was treated and released from University Hospital. A gun was recovered in Nicholson’s possession.

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Consistent with Attorney General guidelines, the incident remains under review by the Professional Standards Bureau of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Professional Standards Bureau at 862-520-3700.

The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.


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