Three men had guns during police-involved shooting in Paterson, court document shows –


Police investigated a reported shooting on North 5th Street in Paterson Nov. 29, 2017. Joshua Jongsma/

Police investigate a reported shooting on North 5th Street in Paterson on Nov. 29, 2017.(Photo: Joshua Jongsma/

Dionte Robinson, who allegedly pointed a loaded gun at officers last week in Paterson, was with two other armed men during a confrontation with police, according to court records released Monday.

An initial Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office account of the confrontation, in which two officers fired their weapons but did not hit anyone, did not state that Robinson was with other people at the time.

“The detectives exited the vehicle with their badges visibly displayed and began to give verbal commands for the individuals to show their hands,” a Paterson Municipal Court affidavit stated. Detectives “provided statements to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office relating that approximately three of the individuals were in possession of handguns upon their arrival.”

Officers in the Paterson Police Department’s narcotics unit were monitoring citywide cameras Nov. 29 before the confrontation in which officers shot at Robinson, 18, on North 5th Street, according to sources and court documents.

Through a citywide camera system, Paterson Police detectives were monitoring Jefferson Street and Garfield Avenue in Paterson when they saw several people in the area wearing dark colored clothing, according to court documents. Court documents list the initials of the detectives as J.E., K.K. and S.M. Attempts to reach officers with those initials were unsuccessful.

The detectives identified Robinson as one of the individuals who had what appeared to be a handgun, according to the affidavit of probable cause. When the detectives responded at 5 p.m. to the area to find the individuals observed on cameras, they found them standing on the street, according to the affidavit. 

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