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Man Fatally Shoots New Jersey Teacher, 27, in Front of Police Officer: Prosecutors

The father of the victim's child has been arrested in her death

A 27-year-old teacher at a New Jersey charter school was shot dead in front of her home late Friday in front of a police officer she had flagged over as she argued with the father of her child, authorities said.

Prosecutors say Latrena May, who lived in East Orange and taught at the city's Pride Academy, was arguing with the father of her child, Andre Higgs, in front of her home on Tremont Avenue around 10 p.m. when she saw an officer on patrol and waved the cop over.

When the police officer approached May and Higgs, Higgs allegedly shot May. The officer then shot Higgs.

Higgs was taken to a hospital, where he was arrested and charged with murder and weapons offenses in May's death. The officer was not injured.

The age of May's child wasn't clear, and it wasn't known what she and Higgs were arguing about at the time of the shooting.

It wasn't clear Saturday if Higgs had retained an attorney.  

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