July 4, 2015
By Jessica Beym
CAMDEN — A Camden man was shot and killed by police Friday night after threatening to shoot the officers, aiming a gun at them and saying he would take his own life.
Camden County officials said the incident began after the suspect, a Hispanic male in his 30s, called 911 from his car, said he had a gun and wanted to die and threatened the police.
When officers arrive in the Cramer Hill section of the city, they found the man’s car unoccupied near Bergen and Harrison Avenue. As the officers got out of the patrol car, the suspect approached them with a gun pointed at them, officials said. Two officers fired shots at the man, killing him.
Police said they recovered a loaded gun from the man’s hand after the shooting. While the man’s name was not released, officials said he had a criminal record including drug distribution and was barred from owning a weapon.
An independent investigation into the police-involved shooting will be conducted by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, which is standard procedure.
The officers involved, whose names were not yet released, will be placed on administrative duty, which is department policy.
Police said more information will be provided.