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Suspected Gunman Who Shot 3 Irvington Police Officers, Killed Civilian ID'd

Kaizen Crossen Kaizen Crossen
Kaizen Crossen Photo Credit: Essex County Department of Corrections
Irvington police and Essex County Sheriff's officers searched backyards before a the suspect was caught on the same block as the shooting. Irvington police and Essex County Sheriff's officers searched backyards before a the suspect was caught on the same block as the shooting.
Irvington police and Essex County Sheriff's officers searched backyards before a the suspect was caught on the same block as the shooting. Photo Credit: Paul Milo

The Attorney General's office has begun an investigation after Irvington police officers opened fire on a suspected gunman Thursday morning, killing him

Under a 2018 law, such investigations are standard procedure when someone dies during an incident involving on-duty police.  

According to a preliminary investigation, Kaizen Crossen, a 39-year-old Irvington resident, shot and killed an unarmed 20-year-old man with a rifle on Myrtle Avenue. That man's identity had not been released as of Thursday evening. 

Officers responded within minutes of the 11:30 a.m. shooting, the first of whom exchanged gunfire with Crossen and was hit in the legs. That officer's wounds were non-life-threatening, authorities previously said. 

More police officers opened fire, and two other officers were hit. Those wounds were also non-life-threatening, the attorney general's office said. 

Crossen was also hit and was pronounced dead at University Hospital. 

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