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January 15, 2017

Update: Camden man shot by police during a domestic disturbance has died

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A Camden County Police Department is seen in the city of Camden.

A Camden man who was an armed suspect in a domestic violence situation died Sunday, authorities announced Monday. 

Camden County Police shot Jose A. Fernandez-Ventura, 38, during a domestic violence call last week, according to officials.

The shooting occurred Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. when police responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute at a second-floor apartment on the 2700 block of Federal Street, according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo.

Fernandez-Ventura had been charged Friday with attempted murder, aggravated assault, two counts of child endangerment and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

On the same day, county officials also released a recording of a 911 call, which was obtained by A male caller, who claimed to be a relative of a female victim, allegedly reported that Fernandez-Ventura was attacking a woman.

When responding officers arrived, a 1-year-old child was sitting at the top of the stairs and an unidentified woman was holding an 8-month-old baby on the sofa.

Fernandez-Ventura allegedly pointed a handgun at the woman and child and fired it at close range. Shortly afterward, an officer shot Fernandez-Ventura, according to authorities.

Both Fernandez-Ventura and the woman were injured during the encounter. They were both transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he eventually died.

Per New Jersey Attorney General’s Office policy, the officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.