NJ Police Shoot, Kill Estranged Husband Who Kept Hand in Pocket: DA

Monday, Nov 11, 2013  |  Updated 8:28 PM EDT
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Police responding to a domestic violence call shot and killed a New Jersey man who allegedly threatened officers and refused to take his hand out of his pocket at their request. Jen Maxfield reports.

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Police responding to a domestic violence call shot and killed a New Jersey man who allegedly threatened officers and refused to take his hand out of his pocket at their request. Jen Maxfield reports.

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Police responding to a domestic violence call shot and killed a New Jersey man who allegedly threatened officers and refused to take his hand out of his pocket at their request. 

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says a woman called police to say her estranged husband had broken into her apartment on Stanley Street in Irvington around 2 a.m.

When police arrived, they encountered the man, identified as 30-year-old Abdul Kamal, outside the house; he allegedly threatened them while keeping one hand in his pocket and refused to show his hands. 

One officer used pepper spray on Kamal, and when he still refused to take his hand out of his pocket, all three of the responding officers fired their service weapons, prosecutors said.

Kamal was pronounced dead at the scene; it wasn't clear how many times he had been shot.

Kamal, who was a history of domestic violence with his estranged wife, according to authorities, did not have a weapon in his possession. The prosecutor's office said the police shooting appears to be justified and no charges are expected to be filed against the officers. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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