UPDATE: AG’s Office Releases Video Footage, Audio of 911 Call Related to Fatal Police-Involved Shooting on December 5, 2023 in Manchester

For Immediate Release: July 10,  2024

Office of the Attorney General
– Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney General
Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
– Drew Skinner, Executive Director

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Media Inquiries-
Dan Prochilo

TRENTON — The Attorney General’s Office today released recordings from a police body-worn camera and two 911 calls relating to a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred on December 5, 2023 in Manchester Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. The decedent has been previously identified as Shannon Rose, 39, of Manchester.

The fatal police encounter is under investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA). The recordings are being released pursuant to policies established by the Attorney General’s Office in 2019 to promote the fair, impartial, and transparent investigation of fatal police encounters. Investigators previously met with representatives of Mr. Rose’s family to review the recordings.

According to the preliminary information, on December 5, 2023, at approximately 8:28 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting an individual in distress, later identified as Mr. Rose, who possessed a firearm. Officers located Mr. Rose in a wooded area, at approximately 9:10 p.m., on Elizabeth Avenue in Manchester Township. Officers attempted to negotiate with Mr. Rose to surrender the weapon. Their repeated requests to drop the weapon were unsuccessful. Manchester Police Officers Nicholas Greenwood and Michael Anderson discharged their firearms, striking Mr. Rose. Authorities recovered a firearm near Mr. Rose, who was later pronounced deceased.

The recordings are available here: https://njoag.box.com/s/eeqnc6hbaqlwdm8xelbsomq83hoshfci

N.J.S.A. 52:17B-107(a)(2) requires the Attorney General’s Office to conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody. It requires that all such investigations be presented to a grand jury to determine if the evidence supports the return of an indictment against the officer or officers involved.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.

The Independent Prosecutor Directive is posted on the Attorney General’s website and is available here: Independent Prosecutor Directive

OPIA’s standard operating procedures for grand jury presentations of investigations involving fatal police encounters are also posted on the Attorney General’s website, and are available here: OPIA Grand Jury SOPs