18 Oct

Newark sheriff’s shooting: Witnesses and friends say man struck by car, shot while down

Posted by :Koles Burke

NEWARK — One day after a suspected drug dealer was shot and killed in Newark by two Essex County sheriff’s detectives, five people who say they witnessed the shooting came forward yesterday to dispute the official account of what happened.

The witnesses — all of whom said they were friends of 22-year-old Jose Quinonez or residents of North 9th Street, where the shooting occurred — told The Star-Ledger the detectives killed an unarmed man.

“I want to know why he had to shoot my son,” said Laura Velez, the victim’s mother. “I just want justice to be served.”…

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