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Barrage of bullets from police takedown man who refused to drop his weapon

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Rodrigo Torrejon

NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

Authorities identified the man who was fatally shot by Paterson Police on Thursday as a New Jersey man.

Luan Agoli, 42, of Pequannock, was fatally shot by Paterson Police Thursday afternoon, after a tense standoff where Agoli paced back and forth waving a gun, the state Attorney General’s Office announced in a statement.

At 4:09 p.m., Paterson Police responded to a call of a man with a gun on Carroll Street, the statement said. When police arrived, they found Agoli holding a handgun and walking around the corner of Carroll and Harrison streets. Agoli ignored command after command from officers to drop his gun, pacing backing and forth in and out of the intersection, the statement said.

As he walked in and out of the intersection, Agoli would sometimes raise his gun in the air. After minutes trying to get Agoli to drop the gun, police fired at Agoli, killing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two videos of the shooting, posted on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, show police shooting a man multiple times as he holds what appears to be a handgun. The man is seen wearing gray or tan pants, a dark jacket and a baseball-style hat as he moved in and out of the intersection.

Officers could be heard yelling “drop the gun” and “we’re gonna help you out,” with guns trained on the man.

As the man was leaning against a pole and holding the gun higher in the air, a number of shots are fired and the man fell to the street, the videos show.

The Attorney General’s Office continues to investigate the fatal shooting, as mandated by a 2019 law that requires the office to investigate shootings involving police.

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