Ventnor

The man fatally shot by city police Thursday evening was holding a broken glass bottle as he 'advanced on officers' before multiple officers fired their weapons, officials said Friday.

VENTNOR — The man fatally shot by city police Thursday evening was holding a broken glass bottle as he “advanced on officers” before multiple officers fired their weapons, officials said Friday.

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating the shooting of the man, whom officials are still trying to identify.

At 4:16 p.m., Ventnor and Atlantic City police responded to a 911 call reporting a man behaving erratically near Wellington and West End avenues, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office, citing a preliminary investigation.

When officers got there, the man was walking in and out of the marshy area along the road, holding a broken glass bottle, officials said. Officers tried to engage him and offer help, but he refused to comply with their commands, including requests to drop the bottle.

The man continued to walk back and forth on the road, where officers had stopped traffic, according to the release.

About 4:30 p.m., the man “advanced on officers” with the broken bottle in his hand and multiple officers fired their weapons, according to the release.

The man was fatally wounded, officials said. He was taken to a waiting ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he was pronounced dead about 6 p.m.

The Attorney General’s Office is required to conduct investigations in deaths that occur during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time, officials said.

Contact: 609-272-7241

mbilinski@pressofac.com

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Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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