New Jersey homeowner killed by police
Authorities say a New Jersey man died of gunshot wounds to the head when officers fired shots at his home Thursday.
The incident occurred in the parking lot of a local bank.
The homeowner was identified as Joseph A. Gennaro, 52, of West New York.
Authorities identified him as a veteran of the New York Police Department and New Jersey State Police.
Police Chief Michael M. McCarthy told reporters that officers had responded to the scene of a domestic dispute at Gennaros home shortly before 1:30 a.m.
McCarthy said officers opened fire, hitting the man.
He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the shooting appears to be an accident.
Police are investigating.
The man’s wife, Susanne M. Gannon, said she was asleep when she heard a shot and that she thought it was fireworks.
She said she had gone out to her car and that’s when she saw a man being shot in the head.
She said her husband’s body was in the driveway.
“It’s just a senseless thing to do,” she said.
“We are devastated,” she told reporters outside the bank.
“We can’t believe it.
I can’t understand how someone could do this to a person of his stature.”
The bank is in a parking lot where the officers were standing.
The department has not said what led to the shooting.
Police have not released any details about the incident.
Gennaro’s family and neighbors have spoken out against the incident, saying they are upset the police officers were not wearing body cameras.
The family of Gannon said the police are treating the shooting as an accident and that they will be releasing a statement soon.
The bank’s website lists Gannon as a member of the police department.
He served in the force for 13 years and was assigned to the Financial Crimes Task Force.