NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred Sunday night in Newton, authorities said.
One male civilian sustained fatal injuries and his identity is not being released at this time, authorities said.
According to the preliminary investigation, three uniformed officers of the Newton Police Department arrived at a residence on Clive Place on July 4 at around 9:30 p.m. in response to a 911 call, authorities said.
During an encounter outside the residence, two Newton police officers fired their service weapons, fatally wounding the man. First aid was rendered by officers. The individual was pronounced deceased at the scene at 9:46 p.m., authorities said.
A semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene, authorities said.
The Andover Police Department and the New Jersey State Police also responded to the scene after the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information was released, authorities said.
This investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of any death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.