New Jersey officers shoot gunman holding woman in headlock

By Brent Johnson
nj.com

JERSEY CITY, NJ – A Jersey City man was holding a woman in a headache and appeared to be pointing a gun at her when he was shot by a city police officer during a brief standoff, video footage from the incident released Monday by the state attorney general’s office.

The bureau released the footage, along with surveillance video and a 911 call, just under a month after the late-night May 24 shooting outside a gas station in New York’s second-largest city. Jersey.

Authorities said last month that Jersey City Police Officer Omar Polanco shot dead 59-year-old city resident Joseph Robertson in a domestic violence incident.

Uniformed city police responded after a woman called 911 shortly after 11:56 p.m. that evening, reporting a domestic dispute with a man carrying a gun near the intersection of Communipaw and West Avenues. Side, according to the preliminary investigation conducted by the Attorney General. Desk.

When officers arrived, they found Robertson with a woman near the BP petrol station, the office said. Robertson then pulled the woman closer to him and gave her a headlock before pointing what appeared to be a gun at her, the office said.

Polanco then fired his gun, killing Robertson, the office said.

Rescuers gave Robertson first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:19 a.m., the office said.

Authorities recovered a firearm near Robertson, the office said.

The office said the investigation was ongoing and declined to comment further on Monday.

The 911 call begins with a woman telling the dispatcher, “There’s a guy following me with a gun.

“Can you hurry, please?” she said telling the dispatcher she was heading for the gas station.

Three minutes into the call, the woman cried, “He’s walking towards me.

The call ends approximately one minute later.

Surveillance video shows a man walking quickly behind a woman as she arrives at the gas station. The police arrive soon after.

Police body camera footage shows Polanco getting out of his car and approaching Robertson, who grabs a woman as officers surround him and then appears to pull a gun. Robertson falls to the ground with the woman after being shot.

There is no sound in the clip until the shot takes place.

The attorney general’s office said it released the footage under policy the office adopted in 2019 to “promote a fair, impartial and transparent investigation of fatal police encounters.”

Investigators met with Robertson’s family on Monday to review the tapes, the office said.

Robertson’s child, Joleetah Robertson, set up a Gofundme page to raise money for Robertson’s funeral and burial expenses.

“While there is still an ongoing investigation into this matter, I am struggling to find a way to properly bury my father due to his untimely death,” Joleetah Robertson wrote on the page.

Joleetah Robertson did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday night.

You can view the images and listen to the 911 call here.

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