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Prosecutor: Officer placed on leave following fatal confrontation

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Prosecutors say a police officer who discharged a weapon during a confrontation that ended with the shooting death of a man has been placed on administrative leave.

The Cumberland County prosecutor's office said Monday one officer fired during the confrontation, ending with the death of Rashaun Washington, 37, of Bridgeton.

According to prosecutors, the officer was placed on paid administrative leave by Vineland's police chief per departmental policy.

Officers were dispatched Saturday shortly before 11:30 a.m. after a report of an unknown man acting suspiciously on the front porch of a residence.

Witnesses described a shirtless man pacing in the front yard surrounded by police with their guns drawn.

Some people recorded video of the standoff.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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