Mantua Township

Police Officer Shoots, Kills Man Outside NJ Home

Investigators have not revealed any additional details regarding why the officers were called to the home or what led to the shooting.

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An investigation is underway after a police officer shot and killed a man outside his home in Mantua Township, New Jersey. 

Two Mantua Township Police officers arrived at a home on Elm Avenue around 1:35 a.m. Tuesday in response to a 911 call. During an encounter with a man outside the home, one of the officers fired his weapon, shooting the man at least once, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. 

NBC10 obtained a neighbor's ring camera in which the sounds of several gunshots can be heard when police opened fire.

Investigators said they then recovered a .45-caliber handgun near the man, who was a resident of the home. They did not reveal whether or not that gun was fired.

The officers rendered first aid on the man. He was taken to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:49 a.m. He has not yet been identified.

Grace Vulpio, a neighbor, told NBC10 the man was a military veteran who was well-liked in the neighborhood.

"He was a nice guy," she said. "He just moved in. Just got a new dog so that's how we kind of talked because the dogs were together."

Investigators have not revealed any additional details regarding why the officers were called to the home or what led to the shooting. They continue to investigate. 

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