An Egg Harbor Township man is indicted in connection to the fatal shooting of a 16 year-old in January, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
According to authorities, Ernesto A. Contreras Jimenez, 18, is indicted on First degree Aggravated Manslaughter, Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
Officials say at 6:19 p.m., on Jan. 26th, Egg Harbor Township Police received a 911 call from a resident at 22 Woodrow Avenue, reporting a child fell down the stairs.
During the 911 call another individual got on the telephone and advised there was a shooting. Police responded to the address where they found a male juvenile deceased of an apparent gunshot wound inflicted by another male juvenile. The juvenile was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy was performed on Saturday, January 27, 2018, and the cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death is homicide.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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