Najee Seabrooks (2023)
Officers made contact with Seabrooks in an apartment, and he admitted that he was armed with a gun and knives. Over the next several hours, Seabrooks flooded his bathroom and set a fire. Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Emergency Response Team (ERT) also responded.
When Seabrooks once opened the door, officers Hector Mendez, Qiad Lin, and Mario Vdovjak fired 15 less-lethal projectiles at him. Seabrooks asked to speak with his mother, and officers offered to take him to her. Seabrooks exited the bathroom while carrying a knife. ERT officer Anzore Tsay and Jose Hernandez Officers fired, striking Seabrooks. Seabrooks died at the hospital.
The New Jersey Attorney General's office will conduct an investigation, which is required under state law for incidents where a person dies during an encounter with a police officer.
Parts of the incident were captured on 7 officers' body-worn cameras.
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- Mike Catalini, Bodycam Video Shows Tense Standoff Before NJ Police Shooting of Peace Activist, NBC New York, 2023-03-17
- UPDATE: Attorney General’s Office Releases The Identities of the Decedent and Officers in the Police-Involved Shooting in Paterson, Attorney General, 2023-03-08