Several city residents said Thursday they were angry, upset and confused about the shooting death of a city man on Throop Street early Thursday morning.
According to information provided by the Prosecutor's Office, Barry E. Deloatch, 47, of New Brunswick was shot and killed in an alley off Throop Avenue following a foot pursuit by two New Brunswick Police officers. The officers encountered Deloatch at 12:12 a.m. Thursday morning.
Around 1 p.m. Thursday, Throop Street was quiet, save for a few residents walking through the area and a patrol car parked outside of 105 Throop Ave., right next to the alley where Deloatch was shot.
On Throop Avenue, a group of three residents said that people were questioning the circumstances behind the shooting.
Resident Darrell McMillan said the killing was not isolated - the neighborhood is connected through their relations as friends, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
"You really do know who it is,'' he said.
Deloatch was pronounced dead at 12:37 a.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Jim O'Neill, spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office, said he could not comment on where on his body Deloatch was shot, pending autopsy results, which were not yet available.
O'Neill declined to comment on whether Deloatch was armed at the time of the shooting, stating the investigation was still ongoing and in its early stages.
He also declined to identify the names of the two officers involved in the pursuit. Their names would likely be released at a later date, he said.
"In accordance with use-of-force guidelines established by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Brunswick police immediately notified the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which in turn notified the Attorney General’s Office, following the shooting," according to a Thursday press release from the Prosecutor's Office.
A spokesman at the New Brunswick Police Department deferred comment to the Prosecutor's Office on Thursday afternoon.
McMillan said the residents of the Throop Avenue neighborhood do not trust the police, and claimed instances of hostility in the past.
"We have social issues in this town with our cops," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3373.
New Brunswick Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.