ATLANTIC CITY — The June 22 shooting of Timothy Deal on Kentucky Avenue was tragic but justified, as Deal attacked an officer with a knife, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Tuesday.
Tyner released video from the body cameras worn by the officers on the scene of the shooting.
“We must not lose sight of the fact that a sworn police officer reported to the scene of an accident to protect the public, and was attacked for no apparent reason,” Tyner said in a statement. “The officer defended himself and protected the public from untold harm. This incident reminds us of how fragile life can be, and we should all be thankful that no innocent bystanders were injured.”
The body camera video — two segments were released, each a little more than one minute long — show Deal approaching one of the officers with a knife and then lunging at him. The officer, who has not been identified, yells at Deal to drop the knife and then shoots him several times as Deal swings the knife.
Deal stumbles backward and then falls to the ground.
The officers then tell him to drop the knife and roll him over and put him in handcuffs.
After shooting Deal, the officer, whose face is blurred in the video, yells into his radio, “Shots fired, male down, officers OK. … I might be stabbed; I’m not sure.”
The injured officer and Deal were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. Deal was pronounced dead at the hospital’s trauma center. The injured officer was treated and released, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Some people actually protested this shooting…
Dozens of family members, friends and supporters of an Atlantic City man shot and killed by police stood on a North Kentucky Avenue block Sunday afternoon in a circle of prayer.
A memorial of candles, stuffed animals, balloons and a sign that read, “Justice For Tim,” leaned against a telephone pole at the 600 block. Police tape stretched across a portion of the sidewalk, right near where Timothy Deal was shot.
“All of us loved him, and he loved everybody out here. We’re out here for Tim, to get justice for Tim,” said Deal’s mother, Gloria. “They killed the wrong kid.”
“He’s not that kind of person,” said Taria King, Deal’s sister, who traveled to the city from Newark, wiping away tears. “He would not do that. That’s not his personality, it’s not his demeanor.”
He was a family-oriented man, family members said. Deal’s mother remembered how Timothy would always call her, and several family members said Deal was like a son to them. King said he was an amazing brother, uncle and son.