NJ Man Dies After Being Shot by Police: Officials

The 20-year-old man had five open cases for drugs and theft in Superior Court, prosecutors say

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014  |  Updated 6:31 PM EDT
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NJ Man Dies After Being Shot by Police: Officials

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Officials say a 20-year-old man who led two New Jersey police officers on a chase Tuesday and died after being shot by one of the officers had open warrants out for his arrest.

The officers saw Lavon King on Kearney Avenue in Jersey City at around 4:30 p.m. One of the cops followed him on foot while the other tailed him in a police car, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.

King led the officers on a chase through backyards and entered an unlocked shed, officials say. When one of the officers entered the shed with his gun drawn King tried to disarm the officer, and the officer shot King once in the chest.

King had five open cases in Superior Court for drugs and theft, prosecutors said.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still being investigated.

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