BRIDGETON — The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the death of a man who was shot by police Friday afternoon.
The shooting happened about 4 p.m. near the 200 block of South Avenue. The man’s identity was withheld until a positive identification can be made, according to the Prosecutor’s Office. The only description officials gave was that he was black.
There was no information on what led to the shooting, but officials said they believed there was a foot chase and at least one officer fired at the man who was killed.
They did not say whether he fired at police.
A gun was later recovered in the area where the man was taken into custody.
Trevion Scarborough, 14, who lives in the 200 block of South Avenue, was in his house about 4 p.m when he heard four gunshots, he said.
He said he ran from his house and down the street.
Police cordoned off the road for several blocks Friday evening.
This is the second fatal police shooting in Bridgeton in the past three years. On Dec. 28, 2014, Jerame Reid was shot as he exited a vehicle during a traffic stop. The officer’s actions were ruled lawful by the state Attorney General’s Office.
Anyone with information on Friday’s shooting can contact Sgt. Detective Ronald Henry at 609-381-2047 or the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-453-0486. Information can also be submitted through the Prosecutor’s Office’s CCPOTIP app. All tips are anonymous.