Paterson, NJ, Police kill suspect in gun arrest

PATERSON – Police shot dead a man during their investigation into an earlier incident on Thursday evening, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The shot was fired by an officer near East Main and Hillman streets shortly before 9 p.m., according to Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck.

The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, was pronounced dead instantly.

Photos show a heavy police presence on Main Street around 9 p.m. when the shots were fired.

Bruck did not disclose details of the incident.

Scene from a shootout on East Main Street in Paterson 12/29/21 (RLS Metro Breaking News)

Gunfire on the officers?

Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh told CBS New York the man shot at police who then fired back.

Four law enforcement sources told the Paterson Times that officers were chasing a suspect who escaped in a gunshot arrest earlier in the evening. The publication did not identify the sources.

State rules require that the state attorney general’s office investigate any death during a meeting with a law enforcement official.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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