A man who was shot by a retired Union City police officer in Newark NJ has died.
According to authorities, the 26-year-old victim was officially pronounced dead by doctors at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.
The shooting incident occurred when the victim and another man allegedly approached the retired police officer, who was sitting in his car on Gould Avenue in Newark. The two men were allegedly armed with handguns as they walked up to the officer and tried to force him out of the vehicle.
The retired officer, who was working as a security guard for UPS, told investigators that he “feared for his life” when he saw the suspect flash a handgun. The officer then grabbed his personal handgun and shot the suspect.
The victim was hit by several bullets. Meanwhile, the other man fled the scene in a white pickup truck.
The victim was transported to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. A few days later, he died due to his injuries.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is actively investigating the shooting incident. Although the death has been classified as a homicide, the prosecutor’s office has not filed any charges against the retired officer at this time.
Detectives reportedly found a .22-caliber revolver and a mask at the scene. Both items were reportedly near the location where the victim was shot.
Evidence is expected to be presented to a grand jury in the near future to determine whether the retired officer was justified in shooting the victim.
To learn more about this incident, access the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Shot by Retired Union City Officer Dies in Hospital.”