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Angry residents attack sheriff’s officers who shot, killed Newark man

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Newark Shooting

NEWARK (PIX11) – A suspect in a drug investigation was shot and killed by an Essex County Sheriff’s officer in Newark Wednesday afternoon, and an internal investigation is now underway.

It happened around 12:30 p.m. at 4th Avenue and North 9th Street when two plain clothes officers approached the alleged dealer, 22-year-old Jose Quinonez, inside a building.

According to the Essex County Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose, Quinonez opened the door and walked toward the officers with a loaded gun.  Both officers shot once, hitting and killing him. A loaded gun and suspected narcotics were both recovered at the scene, according to officials.

Furious residents began shouting and throwing rocks, even breaking windows of the Sheriff’s office vehicle after the fatal shooting, according to The Star-Ledger.  Some residents – who knew the man as Jose, or by his street name ‘Menace’ – told the paper one of the officers had a reputation for violence in the neighborhood.

Other residents claim that officers hit the man with a police cruiser before shooting him.

An investigation into those claims is underway, according to the Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray.

2 comments

  • keila

    ok tis story is wrong! you only got the cops side. the cops hit him with the car then shot him twice. get the whole story not just one part of it. and it was on the street not in a building. they tried to catch him, but he ran so they got in the car and chanced him down the block.

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