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Prosecutor: Second Paterson Man Charged For Gun Involved In Police Shooting

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes Photo Credit: COURTESY: Passaic County Prosecutor's Office

PATERSON, N.J. – A 20-year-old Paterson man gave another man a gun that he pointed at a group of city police officers -- two of whom fired at him and missed, authorities said Wednesday.

Michael David didn't have a permit for the weapon, which Dionte Robinson pointed the gun at the officers as they approached him last Wednesday night on North 5th Street between Clinton and Jefferson streets, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said.

“Two of the officers discharged their department-issued handguns,” Valdes said, adding that there was “no immediate indication of injuries to either police or civilians.”

Police arrested Robinson and seized the gun, which had a defaced serial number, the prosecutor said.

Robinson was charged with aggravated assault and a variety of weapons offenses, she said.

"The ongoing investigation revealed that during the incident, [David] allegedly possessed a handgun for which he did not have a permit to carry" that was recovered at the scene, unloaded, Valdes said.

"There is no immediate indication Mr. David sustained any injuries during the incident," she added.

Valdes said her Shooting Response Team was activated, as required by directives by the state Attorney General.

“The investigation in this matter, including the use of force by police, remains ongoing,” she said.

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