Star Ledger: Prosecutor finds Newark cop justified in shooting

Star Ledger: Prosecutor finds Newark cop justified in shooting

Watson, 31, whose parents live in the home, was awake and getting ready for his shift when he heard a car door slam and then the thumping on the door, authorities said.

The officer went downstairs with his service revolver and opened the door to tell the men they had the wrong house, police said. He found Cousar pointing a handgun at him, drew his weapon and fired three shots, two of which struck Cousar in the chest, authorities said.

Todd McClendon, a spokesman for the Newark police, said Sunday that the four men may have been seeking someone involved in the robbery of a friend earlier in the day. Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said they are believed to have gone to the wrong house.

The case has been turned over to the prosecutor’s office, which will investigate and present its findings to a grand jury for review, as is routine with all fatal shootings by police officers.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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