YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 23-year-old Newark man who was shot by police after he rammed a stolen SUV into a Rutherford police car after crashing during a chase had a loaded gun and a ski mask in the vehicle as he and his passenger tried to steal others, state authorities said this afternoon.
Kashad Ashford was pronounced dead at Hackensack Medical Center just after 7 a.m., roughly 4½ hours after Lyndhurst and New Jersey State Police opened fire on the car, which a source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT was gunned so hard while pressed up against the police cruiser that its rear passenger tire melted.
Ashford’s passenger, 30-year-old ex-con Jemmaine T. Bynes of East Orange, “was not shot and surrendered to police after the shooting,” acting state Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.
Inside the stolen SUV, police recovered a loaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun and a ski mask, he said.
Hoffman’s Shooting Response Team was investigating.
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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 23-year-old Newark ex-con who was shot by police after repeatedly ramming a stolen SUV into a Rutherford police car after crashing during a chase went to state prison for four years when he was 19 — following a chase. READ MORE….
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Moments before the chase, Bynes tried to steal another vehicle in a Newell Place driveway in North Arlington, the attorney general said. North Arlington police issued an alert.
A Lyndhurst officer then began following the stolen SUV but broke off the chase at Route 3, a law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Another Lyndhurst unit picked it up on Riverside Avenue near Valley Brook moments later, he said.
The Nissan Armada — reported stolen out of Newark — then “proceeded to drive recklessly through Lyndhurst and surrounding towns,” Hoffman said.
It headed into Rutherford, where it crashed on the black Nissan at the Ridge Road bridge over Route 3.
Lyndhurst, Rutherford and State Police converged on the car.
“Police positioned their vehicles around the SUV in an attempt to apprehend the vehicle’s occupants,” Hoffman said, confirming an earlier CLIFFVIEW PILOT report, “but the driver put the car in reverse, spinning the tires of the vehicle until the roadway was filled with smoke.”
“The Rutherford unit pulled right up behind it,” a source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning. “The driver began ramming it, trying to get away.
“He kept gunning it so much that it literally melted the rear tire while it was up against the Rutherford patrol car.
“The officers ordered them to stop, to stop, to stop,” the law enforcement source said. “Then the shots were fired.”
At least one was from a shotgun, another source said.
Bynes stumbled out of the SUV and was immediately handcuffed.
No officers were injured.
Bynes was being held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with a variety of weapons counts and receiving stolen property.
“Under an Attorney General Directive, the Shooting Response Team, made up of deputy attorneys general, detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice, and detectives of the State Police Major Crime Unit, are dispatched to the scene to handle investigations of shootings involving state troopers or officers employed by county prosecutors as detectives/investigators or members of county task forces,” Hoffman said.
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