Attorney General’s Office Investigating State Police Trooper’s Shooting Of A Suspect

police-tapeIRVINGTON – The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of a shooting last evening in Irvington in which a state trooper fatally shot a man who allegedly was armed with a handgun and a stun gun.

According to the preliminary investigation, troopers in the New Jersey State Police Weapons Trafficking North Unit obtained information that a suspect, later identified as Dawud Alexander, 24, of Newark, was in possession of two weapons.

Detectives approached Alexander on Harrison Place in Irvington about 6 p.m. and identified themselves as officers. Alexander ran away and a foot chase ensued that ended in the back yard of a home in the first block of Harrison Place. During the chase, Alexander initially was seen dropping one weapon, which was later recovered and determined to be a stun gun, according to authorities.

Witnesses said Alexander was holding his hand at his waist as he continued to flee, and detectives reported that he pointed a handgun back at them, authorities said. One detective fired his service weapon multiple times at Alexander, striking him in the upper body. A loaded revolver was recovered by investigators at the scene. Alexander was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead about 7:40 p.m.

No additional information is being released pending further investigation by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team, authorities said. Members of the State Police who were involved in the incident are still being interviewed, and their names are not being released at this time.

Under an Attorney General Directive, the Shooting Response Team, made up of deputy attorneys general, detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice and detectives of the New Jersey State Police Major Crime Unit, are dispatched to the scene to handle investigations of shootings involving state law enforcement officers or county SWAT teams.

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