Officer placed on paid leave after fatal Vineland shooting

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a police officer who discharged a weapon during a confrontation that ended with the shooting death of a man has been placed on administrative leave.

The Cumberland County prosecutor's office said Monday that one officer fired during Saturday's confrontation that ended with the death of 37-year-old Rashaun Washington of Bridgeton.

Prosecutors said the officer was placed on paid administrative leave by Vineland's police chief per departmental policy.

Officers were dispatched shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday after a report of an unknown man acting suspiciously on the front porch of a residence. Witnesses described a shirtless man and pacing in the front yard surrounded by police with their guns drawn. Some people recorded video of the standoff.

County prosecutors are investigating and asking anyone with information to contact them.

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