Atlantic County Prosecutors Office announced that on Thursday, June 23, Jalial Whitted, 37, of Absecon, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon by Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
The charges stem from an investigation into the facts and circumstances which occurred on May 24, at 9:35 a.m. whereupon members of the Absecon and Pleasantville Police Departments responded to the 700 block of New Road, Absecon, for a man with a gun inside a commercial property.
According to officials, a review of video surveillance established that Whitted produced a gun inside the store, causing the employees to flee outside. While still inside the store, Mr. Whitted discharged at least one round.
Officials said that the interaction between Mr. Whitted and responding police resulted in Mr. Whitted suffering gunshot wounds (this is subject to Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office review).
Mr. Whitted is being detained and is currently lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. A Detention Hearing date is pending.
As per New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines, the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) was notified on the day of the incident.
The DCJ has designated the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office as the Independent Investigative Unit for the shooting, with the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability acting as the Independent Supervisory Reviewer.
Anyone with information about serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 609-909-7666 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Website at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.
People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/.
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