Police shoot drug suspect in Newark

July 14, 2010 8:02:09 AM PDT
A police investigation turned deadly in Newark early Wednesday.

Investigators say a drug suspect was shot by police several times just after midnight at the intersection of Bergen Street and Mapes Avenue.

Acting Prosecutor Robert Laurino says plainclothes officers in an unmarked police car were conducting an investigation in the area when they were approached by 33-year-old Rashaan Gilbert, who was reportedly brandishing a revolver.

The officers opened fire, striking Gilbert several times. He was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The two officers were transported to the same hospital for treatment. A loaded revolver was found recovered at the scene.


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