PATERSON, NJ – A Paterson police officer shot and killed a man on Broadway early New Year's morning, officials said. The officer and his partner were on patrol at 5 am when they stopped near a group that had gathered at the BP gas station near Summer Street, officials said.
The officers noticed that a man in the crowd had a handgun, officials said. The officers then told the man to drop his weapon and he did not, according to a story on northjersey.com. One of the officers then fired a shot that fatally wounded him in the abdomen.
Paterson police referred media inquiries about the shooting to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutor's office identified the deceased as 38-year-old Jacobe Hyatt, of Governor Street, the northjersey.com story said. The name of the police officer has not been made public yet.
"We still have to wait until we get a full report and a ful investigation,'' said Councilman William McKoy, chairman of the public safety committee. "Nothing I've heard so far indicates it was anything other than a justified shooting.''
"The prosecutor's office is handling ans we're going to have to wait and see what they say,'' said Mayor Jeffrey Jones. "I haven't heard anything that supports one way or the other,'' Jones added, when asked whether the shooting by the officer seemed justified.
City Council President Anythony Davis said he was told that the victim was holding gun when he turned towards the police officer. "So far, it seems to be a clean shoot,'' Davis said. "Eveything seems to be on the up-and-up.''
The incident came on the heels of an outbreak of violence in the 4th Ward, where there had been seven previous shootings since Christmas Eve, including four in a 27-hour span over the weekend.