Paterson Firefighter Arrested and Charged With Murder of 39 Year-Old City Man


PATERSON, N.J. - Paterson Police announced Thursday that Paterson Firefighter Raheem Hunt was identified, arrested, and charged in connection to the shooting death of Juan Martinez, a 39 year-old Paterson resident.

On Monday at approximately 4:45 p.m., the Paterson Police responded to a 911 call of a shooting at Madison and Essex Street. Upon arrival officer Tamariz Rodriguez proceeded to render aid to the shooting victim who was later identified as Martinez.

Paterson Fire Department EMS and St. Joseph’s Hospital ALS responded to the scene and transported the Martinez to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Martinez died of his injuries succumbed to his injuries in the operating room, and his family was notified.

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Police officers proceeded to secure the crime scene, and notify the Detectives of the Paterson Police Department, and Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Det. Michael Cossari of the Paterson Crime Scene Unit.

As a result of this investigation detectives were able to identify Kaheem Hunt age:30, Paterson resident and Paterson Firefighter, as one of the perpetrators to the murder of Juan Martinez. Having developed this information detectives proceeded to arrest and charge Hunt   with the following charges: Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Police Director Jerry Speziale said in a statement "The detective bureau is at an 87% solvability rate which is unheard of nationally and indicative of their expertise and tireless effort's." 

  As this continues to be an on-going investigation the The Paterson Police Department Detective Bureau is asking for the assistance from the public regarding this investigation. Anyone that may have information please contact D/Lt. Bert Ribeiro, D/Sgt. Abe Hamdeh, Det. Steve Leishman, Det. Richard Martinez, Det. Al Bermudez, along with Det. Anthony Aceste of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (PCPO) at the Paterson Police Detective Bureau 973-321-1120.



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