Police investigate officer involved shooting in Bridgeton

- Officials are investigating an officer involved shooting that left one man dead. 

It happened around 4 p.m. near South and N. Fremont Avenues. 

Police say a foot pursuit ended when one officer shot his gun in the direction of the man fleeing. Police confirmed the man died as a result of the shooting. He was identified as 23-year-old Darryl L. Fuqua.

A gun was recovered at the scene. 

This is an ongoing investigation with the Attorney General and NJ State police .

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Detective Ronald Henry at 609-381-2047.

The following statement was released by the National Awareness Allainace Chair Walter Hudson: 

"I was contacted this morning by family and friends of Gwen Benson, who son was shot and killed by Bridgeton, NJ Police. My condolence and prayers goes out to the family.

However, I am deeply troubled by the actions of the Bridgeton Police Department. We have marched against the city of Bridgeton two years ago for the murder of Jerame Reid, who was shot seven times on camera, with his hands in the air. Bridgeton Police Department and their elected officials does not value the lives of Black people in the Bridgeton community.

Furthermore, the Cumberland County Prosecutors have shown in the past with the improprieties around Jerame Reid, they cannot be trusted with this particular investigation. I am calling for the New Jersey State Attorney General to immediately intervene in this investigation. Senator Sweeney has introduced legislation to immediately take the investigation out of the local prosecutor guidance when there has been a fatal shooting.

My vice-chair is in the process of setting up a meeting with the family and myself. Once I meet with the family, It will be known the next steps to take moving forward."



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