ELIZABETH — A Jersey City man was found dead on Irvington Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 10, less than 24 hours after police shot and killed a suspected car thief, and an off-duty Newark police officer was shot in the leg outside his girlfriend’s house on Adams Avenue.
The Union County Homicide Task Force was called to 380 Irvington Avenue around 9:20 p.m. last night on reports of a victim suffering from gunshot wounds. Dean Bonds, 35, was taken to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead a short time later, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
The Homicide Task Force and Elizabeth Police Department continue to investigate the shooting and are in the process of gathering witness statements and canvassing the area for evidence, said Romankow.
Investigators are asking anyone with information relating to the homicide to call Union County Crimestoppers at 1-908-654-TIPS.
Earlier in the day, Elizabeth police fatally shot a man who was riding in a suspected stolen car.
Romankow said the officers were responding to a report of several men breaking into cars on Adams Avenue early Wednesday morning and encountered two men in a suspected stolen vehicle.
The officers fired after the driver allegedly drove the vehicle at them. The vehicle’s passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was wounded and taken to University Hospital in Newark, according to authorities.
Jobani Dumeng, an off-duty Newark police officer, was struck in the leg by a bullet outside his girlfriend’s home, not far from where the car theft suspects were shot. He was treated at University Hospital and released.
Authorities did not say if the two early-morning incidents were connected.
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