NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police in New Jersey say they were forced to shoot and kill a man who was holding a young girl hostage.
Authorities in Newark say officers were in a seven-hour standoff with a suspect holding a gun to an 11-year-old child Friday night.READ MORE: Police: Suspect Punches Man, Woman At Brooklyn Convenience Store, Steals Their Car Keys
Police rushed to the scene near Broadway and Irving Street on a domestic violence call. Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose reports that officers encountered the man using the girl as a shield.READ MORE: New York Woman Indicted In Connection To Fire That Injured 4 Firefighters, Displaced 60 Residents
“NPD SWAT continued negotiating with the suspect during the seven-hour incident and used less lethal options before using deadly force and shooting the suspect,” Ambrose explained.
Luckily, the girl was not harmed during the shooting.MORE NEWS: Man Steals CBS2 News Vehicle In Midtown, Sideswipes Taxi
Officials say the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating what ultimately led to the deadly hostage situation.