Williamstown man dead as pursuit ends in Atlantic City with police shootout

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ATLANTIC CITY – A 27-year-old Williamstown man is dead after s three-community police chase Thursday, March 27 that ended with an exchange of gunfire in Atlantic City between the man and police.

The incident began at 12:31 p.m. with two 911 calls to Pleasantville Police Department reporting a man with a gun at La Escondida II Restaurant, 701 Black Horse Pike, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain  said.

The preliminary investigation determined that the man fled Pleasantville police in a vehicle east on Route 322 through Egg Harbor Township’s West Atlantic City section, onto Albany Avenue. The vehicle turned south on West End Avenue into Ventnor, returned back to Albany Avenue via West End Avenue, turned east on Albany Avenue and north on Atlantic Avenue.

The pursuit ended at Missouri and Atlantic avenues in Atlantic City near The Walk shopping complex, where gunfire was exchanged. Antoquan T. Watson, 27, of Williamstown, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:20 p.m. His next of kin have been notified.

Units from Pleasantville, Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City were involved in the pursuit. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to investigate the shooting. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office investigates all police-involved shootings in Atlantic County, as mandated by the New Jersey attorney general, McClain said

An autopsy by the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, March 28.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or see www.acpo.org

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