The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday released seven videos and audios from the police-involved shooting of 25-year-old Thelonious McKnight.
McKnight was shot and killed by a police officer in the area of East Main and Hillman streets just before 9 p.m. on December 29, 2021.
Authorities said police officer Mohammed Bashir fired his 40-caliber service weapon, killing McKnight. 14 40-caliber shell casings were recovered from the scene. Bashir has been a police officer in Paterson for eight years.
Police recovered a 9mm handgun near McKnight along with 9 9mm shell casings.
Authorities said police were in the area investigating an earlier incident when they encountered McKnight at the intersection.
An audio recording released has a police officer saying they had a man with a weapon by the liquor store on East Main and Hillman streets that’s refusing to comply.
“What ya’ll do to my brother?” a man is heard saying in a video as gunfire is heard. This video appeared on Facebook and was also released by authorities. “Ya killed my brother!”
McKnight was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician from St. Joseph’s University Medical Center at 9:11 p.m., authorities said.