Suspect Fatally Shot By Jersey City Police Officer

JERSEY CITY, NJ (1010 WINS/AP) — Authorities say a Jersey City police officer fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him and his canine partner during a foot chase early Saturday.

It happened around 2 a.m. on Monticello Avenue. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said Officer Luis Mecka was responding to reports of shots fired when he saw 28-year-old Deron Kittrell, who appeared to have a gun.

1010 WINS Carol D’Auria reports: Witnesses Say Suspect Was Armed 

Witnesses claim the officer stopped his patrol car and came out with his police dog and his gun drawn.

“As he was talking to us, the cop rode past, bust a U-turn, and when the cop bust a U-turn he got out of his car with his dog and he said , ‘Don’t move.’  The guy said ‘What?’ He said ‘Don’t move,'” said one witness who didn’t want to be identified. 

When Mecka ordered him to drop the weapon, Kittrell instead ran off. That’s when DeFazio said Mecka fired four shots, hitting Kittrell in the torso and hip. Mecka wasn’t injured.

Kittrell was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was a father of two young children.

Donalda James, the grandmother of Kittrell’s children, says the cop should have just arrested him.

“He may have had a gun, but he didn’t draw it, he didn’t pull it out,” she said. “Actually, he was trying to run away and they had dogs. So the dog itself could have stopped him. I don’t understand why they had to shoot.”

The incident will be reviewed by the prosecutor’s office, which is standard procedure in police-involved shootings.

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  1. Jose A. Ortiz says:

    When Mecka ordered him to drop the weapon, Kittrell instead ran off. That’s when DeFazio said Mecka fired four shots, hitting Kittrell in the torso and hip.That means that the police officer shot him on the back;if he ran off

  2. kendra says:

    damn here we go again the men in blue has done it again i just don,t uinderstand them at all we the people have rights to but not to be shout down in the streets the way he was that is a da__ shame and i hope they get punished like us regular folks do cause they deserve it and the media needs to stop commending these cops that commit crimes against people cause there human just like u and i .

    1. truthhurts says:

      From your comment I can tell reading comprehension is not something you are good at. You must of missed that day in school. Let’s make it easy. The man pointed the gun at the cop therefore man gets shot. Sorry the piece of sh… had it coming to him.

  3. troy says:

    one less piece of sh-t on the street. good work fellas.

  4. Roger Stillman Jones says:

    Bummer, too bad the dude wasnt able to get off a couple of shots first.
    http://www.privacy-tools.no.tc

  5. E holder says:

    Good work by the police. Two bullets are cheaper than housing that mutt.

    1. mj says:

      YEAH EVERYONE WHO RUNS FROM THE POLICE SHOULD BE SHOT TO DEATH NO QUESTIONS ASKED RIGHT ?

      1. bandit923 says:

        YEAH!! PEOPLE ARE TOO AAROGANT!! A COP TELLS YOU TO STOP YOU STOP!! IF THIS OFFICER ALLLOWED HIM TO RUN AND KITRELL KILLED YOUR CHILD IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET AWAY, WOULD YOU STILL QUESTION THE SHOOTING…BE REAL THE ARROGANT INDIOT WAS SHOOTING BULLETS IN THE AIR THAT COULD HAVE AND WOULD HAVE KILLED SOEMONE IF HE WERE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE.. ENOUGH..

      2. Sal says:

        He didn’t RUN from the police, idiot, he pointed a gun at the police so he deserves to get shot and anyone who questions whether this is right or wrong is probably a criminal themselves.

  6. duh says:

    bust a u turn
    dont you just love ebonics

  7. Smiles says:

    I’m glad they told me he was a father of two “young children” because I thought he was the father of two old adults. fu

  8. mj says:

    as usual cops … shoot first …. ask questions later. i’m not saying this guy was an alter boy but there was no threat to the police . juast ANOTHER case of the police using their license tio kill

  9. Paul Kohloff says:

    If he didn’t run he’d be alive.if he was educated maybe he would’ve understood .

  10. We're safer now says:

    BANG…………”your dead”………Thank you JCPD!!!!!!

  11. Lee says:

    How do you KNOW he was a drug dealer? Did the cop have an investigation, trial and conviction of him in the few seconds before he decided to shoot him? If I say you are a drug dealer, do I get to shoot you?

  12. Zareef Akhan says:

    good riddance!
    Long live jersey city cops!

  13. Slawomir says:

    LOL, he may have a gun, but he didnt draw it. So, its ok, for some dushebag to act powerful among regular citizens, but when a cop comes out and asks him not to move, he runs? One drug dealer less on the streets.

    1. bandit923 says:

      YOU WERE NOT THERE!!! YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT HE DID!!! HE HAD NO BUSINESS WITH A GUN!!! YEAH IF HE RAN WITH A GUN HE SHOULD BE SHIOT!!! IF HE KILLED YOUR CHILD WITH THAT GUN I DO NOT THINK YOU WOULD CARE IF HE WAS DEAD.. HE WAS GREAT ROLE MODLE FOR HIS KIDS RIGHT?? DRUG DEALER SHOOTING BULLETS IN THE AIR!!!

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