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Fatal police involved shooting in Paterson

A man had barricaded himself for hours, then came out and fired at police in Paterson, New Jersey Friday April 16, 2010. Police returned fire, killing the man. (Danny Peña)
April 17, 2010 6:29:23 PM PDT
A confrontation ended in a deadly police-involved shooting in Paterson, New Jersey Friday night. Officers had responded to David Elcock's Paterson home around 3:30 p.m. Friday after they were told he had a handgun and had expressed his intent to shoot at someone so he might in turn be shot and killed, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said Saturday.

The neighborhood was evacuated as a precaution.

A police negotiation team also responded and tried for several hours to get Elcock to surrender, but he refused and eventually ran from the home around 7 p.m.

Witnesses said police told the man to drop his gun, but he refused. He then fired one shot at a group of about 12 officers, who returned fire.

Elcock was hit multiple times and died at the scene, Valdes said.

Police cordoned off 20 blocks around 9th Avenue and 23rd Street as police, the sheriff's office, SWAT teams and the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office set up a giant command post at the scene.

Residents were not allowed back into their homes until early Saturday morning.

Officials have not released the dead man's name.


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