Authorities Probe Fatal Police Shooting of Hostage-Taker

“It’s an unfortunate outcome, but the officers did an outstanding job in rescuing and saving the life of the victim, who has an 11-year-old child,” Newark's Public Safety Director said

What to Know

  • A SWAT team shot and killed a man who held a woman hostage at gunpoint for nearly seven hours in New Jersey, authorities said
  • Neighbors said the man and women were an on-again off-again couple
  • The woman wasn’t hurt during the standoff

The Essex County prosecutor's office is investigating the fatal police shooting of a man who had taken his estranged girlfriend and her daughter hostage.

Sean Sharpe, 54, of Orange, held authorities at bay for more than seven hours last Friday night before he was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

Police say Sharpe had pointed a gun at the woman's head just before he was shot.

The incident began when the woman and her 11-year-old daughter arrived at their Newark home to find Sharpe inside. Police say the girl was able to escape when a SWAT team arrived on the scene.

Officers negotiated with Sharpe for several hours without success.

The prosecutor's office's Professional Standards Bureau investigates all police-involved shootings in the county that result in serious injury or death.

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