Days After Boasting “No Police Involved Shootings in 2020” Newark Police Shoot, Kill Perp on New Year’s Day

NEWARK, NJ – Just days after the City of Newark and the Newark Police Department boasted about the police department not firing a single shot in all of 2020, shot and killed a man on New Year’s Day, 2021.

Police and city officials credited the lack of officer-involved shootings on a new de-escalation training program instituted by the department.

“I’m proud of the men and women of Newark police division who took the guns off the street this year. Didn’t fire a shot, came to work during a pandemic, arrested people with guns during the pandemic,” Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose touted.

Now the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting involving the Newark Police Department that occurred just after midnight on New Year’s Eve in the area of South 11th Street and Woodland Avenue in Newark, N.J.

One male civilian, age 39, sustained fatal injuries.  The name of the decedent is not being released at this time.

The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019, P.L.2019, c.1, 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.

Police say a gun was recovered at the scene, but did not release any further details of the incident.