Thursday, March 27, 2014

Police Pursuit from Pleasantville to Atlantic City Results in Gunfire; Suspect Killed

ATLANTIC CITY – A police pursuit that began in Pleasantville ended this afternoon in Atlantic City with an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police, and the death of the suspect, said Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit immediately responded to the scene to investigate the shooting.
Preliminary investigation has determined the following:

The incident began on March 27, 2014 at 12:31 p.m. with two 9-1-1 calls to Pleasantville Police Department, reporting a man with a gun at the La Escondida II Restaurant, 701 Black Horse Pike
The man fled Pleasantville police in a vehicle east on Route 322 through Egg Harbor Township’s West Atlantic City section, on to Albany Avenue. The vehicle turned south on West End Avenue into Ventnor, returned back to Albany Avenue via West End Avenue, turned east on Albany Avenue, and north on Atlantic Avenue. The pursuit ended at Missouri and Atlantic Avenues in Atlantic City.
Gunfire was exchanged between suspect and police at that location, and the suspect was killed.
Police units from Pleasantville, Egg Harbor Township, and Atlantic City had been involved in the pursuit.
The suspect has been identified as Antoquan T. Watson, 27, of Williamstown, NJ. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel at 2:20 p.m. Next-of-kin has been notified.
An autopsy is scheduled by the NJ State Medical Examiner’s Office at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office investigates all police-involved shootings in Atlantic County, as mandated by New Jersey Attorney General Directive.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at 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 Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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