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Police body camera footage of Absecon Dollar Store shooting released | Crime

The Ocean County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released body camera footage of a May police-involved shooting outside an Absecon Dollar General.

Several video clips have been released showing the moments before and after police shot and killed 37-year-old Jalial Whitted.

Whitted is accused of entering the New Road store armed and firing at least one shot inside, then confronting police outside before beginning to shoot him when the authorities said he had brandished a gun.

Whitted was ordered to remain in jail during a detention hearing on June 29. He is due back in court Friday for another appearance before Judge Bernard DeLury, according to the Atlantic County Superior Court.

Each clip broadcast comes from different police body cameras, giving investigators multiple angles of the incident.

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The first officer to approach Whitted meets him walking with his hands up as he exits the store, video footage shows. The officer points his gun at Whitted, demanding that he surrender and “keep his hands up”. Whitted can be seen with both of her hands raised while holding a cellphone.

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The officer in the footage then informs the dispatcher that he thinks Whitted may have had a fake gun in his pocket, with Whitted telling the armed officer to “shoot”.

The standoff moves to the store parking lot, where the officer continues to point his gun at Whitted before reinforcements arrive.

“Don’t reach,” shouts the co-pilot.

In several clipsother responding officers can be heard repeatedly pleading with Whitted to pull back while behind a sedan in the parking lot, addressing him by his first name.

“Don’t do this, Jalial, don’t do this,” one of the officers can be heard saying on a clip.

His mother, Kim Whitted, said her son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was previously being treated for it.

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Another officer believed Whitted was holding a phone, urging him to drop the device. Next, an officer in one of the clips can be heard yelling that Whitted had a gun, indicating “the gun is in the right pocket”.

Moments later, dozens of shots are fired, followed by the officer ordering Whitted down to secure him.

After the shootings, Kim Whitted can be seen in one of the clips questioning the actions of the officers.

Speaking with one of the officersKim Whitted said her son did not have a gun on him, but the officer directed her to a gun on the ground.

“There’s a gun on the floor,” an officer said.

“Where does this come from?” Kim Whitted responded, with the officer responding, “I don’t know.”

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Kim Whitted in May said her son was staying at her home in the Clayton Mill Run townhouse complex next to the store when she woke up to him missing around 9am. She started looking for him and discovered he was at an impasse with several agencies, she said at the time.

She can also be seen on camera telling the same story to officers.

As Kim Whitted continued to speak with police, officers and a paramedic provided medical assistance to Whitted. He was eventually taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where he underwent hours of surgery, his family said.

Initially, Whitted’s charges were dropped by administrative dismissal, but they were reinstated. He was taken to the Atlantic County Jail after being released from the hospital.

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