Dad of Brick man shot by cops: Video will show truth
The father of a Brick man shot dead in an encounter with police says there may be as many as three videos showing the encounter, the Asbury Park Press reports.
Several exact details of the encounter remain unclear.
According to a statement released last week by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Julian Hoffman called Brick Police and threatened to "create a disturbance" at the Cherrywood Circle home where Julian Hoffman lived with his father.
When Brick officers Jason Nye and Ryan Osborn arrived they encountered Hoffman, who had “what appeared to be a black semi-automatic hand gun” that officers ordered him to drop, the prosecutor's office has said. When he failed to comply, the officers fired at the man several times, killing him, the office said.
Julian Hoffman's father, Derek, has been quoted in multiple media accounts saying his son had an air rifle — and that Julian Hoffman put it down when commanded. But Derek Hoffman also reportedly said he didn't witness the encounter himself.
The Asbury Park Press has previously quoted Julian Hoffman’s father, Derek Hoffman, saying his son had an air rifle that he put on the ground, surrendering. And NJ.com quoted Derek Hoffman saying he has proof that his sons arms were up during the shoot. Derek Hoffman reportedly told the site a video surveillance camera mounted at his front entranceway captured the proof.
Derek Hoffman, contacted by NJ 101.5, has only spoken briefly and not elaborated on those statements. He has not returned more recent calls seeking comment.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has not addressed what sort of item it described as "what appeared to be" a gun, but office spokesman Al Della Fave told New Jersey 101.5 last week "a lot of inaccurate information" has been spread by in social and conventional media.
According to the Asbury Park Press, Hoffman said he is trying to get video released from from the security company that records images captured by cameras on his home. Two other cameras may have footage, according to the report — a neighborhood security camera and the police dashboard camera.
New Jersey 101.5 has requested copies of any dashboard, surveillance or other recording in law enforcement's possession, but been denied access to the materials as part of an ongoing investigation.
Della Fave said Tuesday his office stands by its initial account of what happened.
"In our initial releases we presented preliminary basic facts regarding the time, place and identities of those involved," wrote Della Fave in an email. "The investigation continues into the full circumstances of the shooting and into the possibility of existing video."
Della Fave asks that anyone with information contact 732-929-2027. He notes that the prosecutor's office is limited in its disclosures by Attorney General's Police Involved Shooting guidelines.