Prosecutor: NJ officers shot chef 24 times

Prosecutor: NJ officers shot chef 24 times

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BELLEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey prosecutor is warning against any rush to judgment following the disclosure three officers responding to a domestic abuse complaint shot a man 24 times.

The officers in the northern New Jersey town of Belleville shot and killed 40-year-old Dante Cespedes while trying to arrest him at his apartment Tuesday for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says Cespedes, a chef at New York's Algonquian Hotel, came at police with at least two knives and that the officers fired simultaneously.

She tells The Star-Ledger the number of rounds fired should not lead to any conclusions. She says investigators will look at the "overall totality of what took place."

The man's widow, Judy Breton, says she wanted her husband removed from the house, not killed.

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