ABSECON — Charges have been dropped against an Absecon man who was armed with a gun when he was shot by officers outside a Dollar General store, according to one report.
Jalial Whitted, 37, had faced unlawful possession of a weapon, certain persons not to have weapons and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, stemming from the May 24 incident, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Whitted’s mother, Kim,said that her son has struggled for years with mental health issues, during a press conference the next day alongside National Action South Jersey Chapter Network president, Steven Young.
The charges were dropped through an administrative dismissal by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, according to the Press of Atlantic City, citing Atlantic County Judicial Clerk Karen Ruberts.
Specifics of the dismissal remained unclear on Friday afternoon.
Jalial Whitted had shown a gun to employees inside the store and fired at least one round inside, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office previously said.
Police officers from Pleasantville and Absecon responded to the scene — it has not been publicly disclosed how many shots were fired at Whitted.
Whitted's condition has been improving, according to the same Press of Atlantic City report, and he might soon be discharged from the hospital.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: