The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is probing a Jersey City Heights shooting where a a Florida murder suspect was killed by law enforcement.
According to the preliminary investigation, members of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force were in Jersey City to assist the Orlando City Police Department with executing an arrest warrant for murder and attempted murder, the AG’s office said in a statement.
The allegations set forth in that warrant occurred on Friday, July 7th in Orlando, Florida. At approximately 11:10 p.m. yesterday, the marshals encountered the individual, who is not being identified at this time, in the area of Jefferson Avenue in the Jersey City Heights.
Thereafter, the individual was wounded and transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:44 p.m.
A 2019 law, P.L. 2019, c. 1, requires the Attorney General’s Office to 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.
It requires that all such investigations be presented to a grand jury to determine if the evidence supports the return of an indictment against the officer or officers involved.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.