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Name of NJ Man Shot and Killed by Police Officer Released

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State authorities have released the name of a man shot and killed by a police officer after a standoff in New Jersey last week.

The New Jersey attorney general’s office says 39-year-old Hasani Best was pronounced dead after Friday night's shooting in Asbury Park.

Officers were called to a two-family residence shortly after 9 p.m. Friday due to a report of a loud domestic dispute between a man and a woman. The woman was outside and police tried to talk to the main through the upstairs apartment door. Police say he opened the door at various times and they could see he was armed with a knife.

Authorities say the man refused repeated requests to drop the weapon, and officers tried to use a stun device but it was ineffective. Shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, an Asbury Park officer shot him, and he died about 20 minutes later at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

The attorney general’s office is investigating as required by a law that went into effect last year mandating an investigation by the office of any death stemming from an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity.

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