A 911 call that brought Pleasantville police to an incident that ended with the suspect dead will not be made public at the family’s request, officials said.
Alexis Yamil Perez, 19, was allegedly threatening to hurt someone with a knife when police were called to his home Monday on the 800 block of Park Avenue.
When police got there, one officer relayed over the radio that the man had a knife and a rock.
Three police officers ended up shooting the man, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.
The office has released no details, including how many times the man was shot.
Perez had told his mother he was going to take a trip to the bank to pay some bills, Azalea Perez previously told The Press of Atlantic City.
“And that’s when everything started happening,” she said Tuesday. “And that’s the thing. No one even knows who called the cops.”
The 911 tape would reveal the caller, but the family has requested it not be released, acting First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said in a written response to The Press of Atlantic City’s request for the tape under the Open Public Records Act.
“I have been informed by the Atlantic County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy that, upon consultation with the family of Alex Perez, they desire that the recording (911 call) you seek not be made public,” Ruberton wrote.
Recent legal rulings recognize that victims and their survivors have a right to privacy in releasing otherwise publicly accessible recordings, she said.
Therefore, the office has decided that “access to the recording must be denied to protect the privacy rights of the family of Alex Perez.”
The family could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Family friend Maria Diaz said the day after the shooting that the family was told Perez made the call himself from his mother’s cellphone but that her phone showed no record of the call.
The Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the shooting. Pleasantville is not involved. The three officers are not on duty while the investigation is ongoing, in accordance with Attorney General guidelines.
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