On Thursday, a video that will stand as new evidence has been released by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office in connection to the chaotic moments that involved the police and a backhoe driver.
New bodycam, cellphone, and surveillance videos show the moments a man used a backhoe to damage homes and vehicles, including an occupied sedan, an ambulance, and two police SUVs before he was shot and killed by a police officer in New Jersey.
The backhoe driver was identified as Joshua E. Gonzalez, 20, of Millville who was shot after police tried for a half hour to stop him as he crushed police vehicles, toppled an ambulance, and rampaged through a neighborhood, authorities said.
The incident happened around 5 a.m. back on December 18, 2021, in the Penn Lincoln Mobile Home Park between Brandywine Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey.
Watch it here: Press Of Atlantic City/Youtube
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Authorities responded after a 911 caller reported a person driving a construction backhoe in an erratic manner.
The attorney general’s office says Gonzalez, caused intensive damage to several residences and vehicles, including three police cars, an ambulance, and an occupied civilian vehicle before he was fatally shot by police.
“The backhoe was hitting the red car, just kept hitting it. Then within a span of maybe like three to five minutes, an ambulance pulled up, and then the ambulance pulled into the driveway,” neighbor Nykatora Holley told Action News last month. “Within another two minutes, he knocked it down and there was a bunch of smoke and crashing.”
After trying to stop Gonzalez for 30 minutes, one of the officers pulled out his weapon and opened fire, shooting Gonzalez. Police medics rendered aid to Gonzalez who was pronounced dead at 5:48 a.m. that morning.
Three Vineland police officers suffered minor injuries during the incident. They were treated at the hospital and later released.
As of this writing, the said investigation is still ongoing and no further information has been released yet.
Under both state law and the Directive, when the entire investigation is complete, the case will be presented to a grand jury, typically consisting of 16 to 23 citizens, to make the ultimate decision regarding whether criminal charges will be filed.