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Police Officers in South Jersey Shoot, Kill Man During Traffic Stop

A traffic stop turned deadly overnight in South Jersey.

Police officers in Bridgeton, New Jersey opened fire on a 36-year-old passenger of a Jaguar after pulling the vehicle over at South Avenue and Henry Street around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The man, later identified as Jerame Reid, died after being rushed to the hospital.

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Police recovered a handgun from the scene and the suspect was apparently armed at the time of the shooting, according to investigators.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for questioning.

Police didn't report any injuries to either officer involved in the shooting.

Investigators revealed few details about what led to the shooting or the initial traffic stop. New Jersey State Police continued to investigate through the early morning hours of Wednesday,  marking various shell casings.

A bullet hole was also visible in the windshield of the vehicle.

Tahli Dawkins, who was taking out his recycling at the time of the shooting, told NBC10 he witnessed the incident.

"He had nothing in his hands," Dawkins said. "He had his hands up trying to get out of the car, one on the door was getting out like this and he just started shooting him." 

The Cumberland County Prosecutors Office will also look into the deadly incident.

Reid had a three-month-old son, according to his cousin Keesha Springs.

"He was a good kid," Springs said. "He had a troubled past but after that he became a good person. I love my cousin. Everybody has their bad times and he had his bad times. But he was very lovable." 

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