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Newark Man Wounded in Police Shooting

Essex County prosecutors say a Newark man was fatally shot by city police after he pulled out a weapon and assaulted an officer.

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Police responding to a suspicious person call in the area of Freylinghuysen Avenue and Whittier Place encountered 19-year-old Marvin Coleman around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Acting County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says Coleman began struggling with the officers as they were trying to arrest him. She said Coleman allegedly took out a firearm and assaulted an officer, and Coleman was shot by at least one of the officers.

Coleman was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Further details on his injuries, including how many times he was shot and where he was struck, were not disclosed.

The officers’ names were not disclosed.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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