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.