Prosecutor: Man fatally shot by Newark police officers after firing shotgun at them

Investigators say officers shot and wounded a man who fired a shotgun at officers in Newark.

Investigators say officers shot and wounded a man who fired a shotgun at officers in Newark. (4/6/17)

NEWARK - A man who was fatally shot Thursday by Newark police officers after he allegedly fired a shotgun at them has been identified.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office identified the man on Friday as Kenneth Francis, 37, of Newark.

Newark Police Director Anthony Ambrose said Newark officers responded to Hunterdon Street and Custer Avenue around 5 p.m. for reports of a man with a shotgun in the area. He said that when officers responded to the scene, Francis fired the gun at them and missed.

Those officers returned fire and hit Francis, who was taken to University Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m. Thursday.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation.  

A man who was shot and wounded by Newark police officers after he allegedly fired a shotgun at them Thursday has died, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Newark Police Director Anthony Ambrose says that Newark officers responded to Hunterdon Street and Custer Avenue around 5 p.m. for reports of a man with a shotgun in the area. He says that when officers responded to the scene, the suspect fired the gun at them and missed.

Those officers returned fire and hit the man, who was taken to University Hospital.

The unidentified man was pronounced dead a short time later.

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