NEW BRUNSWICK - The family of the man who was killed early this morning in a police-involved shooting in New Brunswick held a rally this afternoon to protest the shooting.

Many of those present at the rally on the New Brunswick City Hall steps were upset about the incident and called it a senseless crime.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office says 46-year-old Barry Deloatch was shot after a pursuit with police ended in an alley near the intersection of Throop Avenue & Handy Street in New Brunswick. Deloatch was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Family members say Deloatch ran from police after an officer made an attempt to stop him just before 1 a.m. on Throop Avenue. The family says that Deloatch was unarmed and they are heartbroken.

A police source tells News 12 New Jersey that Deloatch and the officer got into a physical struggle. The source says that Deloatch allegedly picked up a pipe and was beating one of the officers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Jeffrey Temple, of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, at (732) 745-3373.