UPDATE: The state Attorney General's Office released a statement late Thursday night. The man, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. Read more here.

There was a large police presence on West End Avenue near the Atlantic City-Ventnor border Thursday following what witnesses described as a confrontation that ended with a man being shot by police about 4:30 p.m.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office referred all inquiries to the state Attorney General’s Office, which had not released a statement as of press time.

Michael Gonzalez, who said he witnessed the incident, said a Black man was running in the marsh on the eastern side of West End Avenue. He said the man charged the police, and the police fired. Gonzalez said he heard five to seven shots.

The man was taken away in an ambulance.

Gonzalez witnessed the event from 100 to 200 yards away near the Walter J. Buzby Homes complex in Atlantic City.

A video taken at a distance shows the man walk away from officers into the marsh. He appears to turn back toward police, and shots are heard, but the video does not show the shooting.

State Police, unmarked cars and Atlantic City K-9 units were on scene, but Ventnor police were investigating. Atlantic City police Lt. Kevin Fair reported his department was not involved in the incident.

Atlantic City police Chief Henry White was on scene as well as Ventnor Chief Doug Biagi. At 6:20 p.m., Biagi was still at the scene and said a statement would be released later.

Staff Writer David Danzis contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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