PATERSON, NJ - An investigation has been launched into the fatal shooting of a man in the area of Godwin Avenue Thursday. In a video posted on YouTube the armed man could be seen pacing back and forth across the intersection while members of the Paterson Police Department, guns drawn, ordered him to drop the gun.

Onlookers can be heard throughout the video encouraging police to shoot the suspect. “Light his ass up,” one man says. The video, that lasted one minute and 17 seconds then shows the police open fire striking the man and sending him to the ground. 

This investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019  which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.

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Editor's Note: TAPinto Paterson has elected not to share the video due to its graphic and disturbing nature.

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