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One Dead in Police-Involved Shooting in Newark

Shooting involved a 19-year-old man and Newark police officers

One person is dead in a police-involved shooting Tuesday night in Newark's South Ward, Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, confirmed.

Police Director Samuel DeMaio told NJ.com the shooting, which happenedaround 7:40 p.m. at Frelinghuysen Avenue and Whittier Place, involved two Newark police officers and an armed 19-year-old man.

The officers, in a police cruiser, had approached a group of people at the intersection, which DeMaio said is known for drug activity, when they noticed one man adjusting what appeared to be a weapon in his waistband.

After a brief foot pursuit, the man allegedly took out the gun and struck one of the officers in the face, DeMaio said, which is when both officers fired an "undetermined amount of times."

The teen, identified Wednesday as Marvin Coleman, of Newark, was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m. at University Hospital, authorities said. DeMaio said a loaded handgun was recovered at the scene.

The two unidentified officers were also taken to University Hospital to be treated for trauma, according to NJ.com. One was also treated for facial injuries.

The location of the shooting, near Weequahic Park, is mostly industrial with some residential homes. Investigators Tuesday night were seen examining a gun left on a sidewalk in front of a home on Whittier Place, which was cordoned off.

The prosecutor's office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and Professional Standards Bureau are investigating the incident.

– Paul Milo contributed to this report.

Youse moose November 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Newark police harass and kill young men based upon that it is a drug area, 80 percent of newark is a drug area does that give them the right to shoot and kill a teenager, the boy was shot in the back fleeing from the scene, good job newark police for having the right to take a life based upon the area your patroling..
stephen January 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM
put yourself in their situation and keep your mindless banter to yourself. this isnt the 70's. there are thorough investigations done into any and all police shootings, am i saying there is no such thing as corruption?? certainly not, but it was an ARMED man that got shot while attempting to injure officers.....

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