TRENTON, NJ -- The actions of two detectives and two officers from the Trenton Police Department stemming from a shooting that left one dead and 22 injured at the 2018 Art all Night Festival in Trenton were "legally justified," according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. The findings were released as part of his office's final investigative report into the use of force used by them during June 17, 2018 incident.
In addition, the Prosecutor's office determined that it is "not necessary to present this matter to the grand jury because there were no material facts in dispute regarding the lawfulness of the use of force."
The Mercer County Homicide Task Force (HTF) investigated an officer-involved shooting that occurred around 3:25 am at the Festival around South Clinton Street in Trenton. The investigation relied on statements of officers and witnesses, radio transmissions, photographs, camera footage and physical evidence, the statement said.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, approximately 75 potential witnesses were located inside of the Roebling Wire Works building and subsequently interviewed by detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office interviewed. All described hearing multiple gunshots; however, most could not identify any suspects or provide additional information pertaining to the investigation. It was determined that one bystander had been struck by a bullet fired by an officer. That bystander survived.
The Shot Spotter gunfire detection system captured 26 gunshots fired near the Roebling complex in the immediate area of where Trenton police officers responded to gunfire.
Onofri's office also said that "an independent analysis of the undisputed material facts led to the determination that the beliefs of the detectives and officers were reasonable, and the use of force in this matter was justified pursuant to all applicable laws and the Attorney General Guidelines."
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