The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office should identify the police officer who shot and killed Bridgeton resident Darryl Fuqua on Friday, community activist Walter Hudson said Monday.
In a letter to county Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae and Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly, Hudson said authorities have not been forthcoming with information to Fuqua’s family and with the Bridgeton community.He said family and friends of Fuqua’s mother, Gwen Benson, contacted his organization, the National Awareness Alliance, which organized several protests after Bridgeton police fatally shot Jerame Reid in December 2014.
Fuqua, who is black, was shot multiple times about 4 p.m. Friday on the 200 block of South Avenue.
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“I understand people have concerns, rightfully so,” Kelly said Monday. “But I’m going to follow, and the Prosecutor’s Office is going to follow, the guidelines set forth by the attorney general. I’m sure they’ll release the name of the officer at the appropriate time.”
Webb-McRae has not said what prompted the shooting, except that it followed an apparent foot chase. At least one officer is believed to have shot at Fuqua, she said.
Webb-McRae did not say whether Fuqua shot at police. A gun was recovered where Fuqua was taken into custody, she said.
Police Chief Michael Gaimari identified the officer who allegedly shot Fuqua only as a five-year veteran of the Police Department who is assigned to the department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. The officer is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, he said.
Gaimari said the officer was one of three taken to Inspira Health Center Bridgeton for observation and treatment of undisclosed injuries after the shooting. They were released late Friday, he said.
Kelly said he contacted clergy and community leaders, asking them to work with residents to ensure the investigation proceeds without incident.
Some Bridgeton residents were still shaken Monday by the news of the shooting.
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“It’s happening, and it’s going to keep happening,” Roberto Rodriguez, 24, said of violence and drug issues in the area. “If you look at (the police) a certain way, they’re going to harass you.”
Rodriguez, of Maple Drive, said he used to talk to Fuqua occasionally when he lived on the street with his mother. He said Fuqua was laid-back and didn’t look for trouble.
He said Fuqua and his mother recently moved from their Maple Drive home.