NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Friends and relatives of a New Brunswick man are in shock after he was allegedly shot and killed by police early Thursday morning, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports.

A preliminary investigation determined Barry Deloatch, 47, was fatally shot after police chased him into an alley shortly after midnight Thursday on Throop Avenue, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said.

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Deloatch was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg with Deloatch’s outraged family

Witnesses said police were investigating drug activity in the area and jumped out of their vehicle with guns drawn.

Witnesses believe Deloatch may have been frightened, causing him to run from the officers before he was shot.

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Angry relatives are demanding answers in the death of Deloatch who is described as kind and affable.

“My brother should still be alive right now. There’s no way he should be in that hospital, lying in that bed dead,” Nate Deloatch said. “My brother sees you drawing a weapon at somebody else, of course he’s going to run.”

Relatives said Deloatch was unarmed.

Deloatch was killed on the same street where police officers fatally shot an unarmed man 20 years ago igniting racial tensions in the city.

The investigation is ongoing.

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