Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE — New Jersey’s attorney general will not investigate the fatal police shooting this month of an unarmed CEO from Suwanee, officials said Thursday.
A probe by the Essex County Prosecutors Office is ongoing.
The New Jersey state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union last week requested Paula Dow open an inquiry into the death of Defarra “Dean” Gaymon, who was killed July 16.
The married father of four, who headed the Atlanta City Employees Credit Union, was shot by a plainclothes, undercover detective investigating complaints of people having sex in a Newark park.
Authorities claimed Gaymon was engaged in a sex act when he approached the detective. Officials said there was a chase and the officer fired one shot after the 48-year-old reached in his pocket and lunged at the officer.
The attorney general says there’s ‘‘no indication of a conflict with the Essex County Prosecutors Office handling the case fairly and impartially,’’ the Associated Press reported.
Gaymon was in Newark for his 30-year high school reunion. Essex County prosecutors previously said the officer had made an earlier, unrelated arrest at Newark’s Branch Brook Park, during which he realized he had lost a pair of handcuffs.
The officer said he returned to the woods to retrace his steps and was approached by Gaymon when an altercation ensued and the chase began, prosecutors said.
Gaymon was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen three hours later.
A grand jury will decide if any charges will be brought against the eight-year veteran of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, officials said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.