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Alfred Toe, 34
Ewing Township, New Jersey
August 27, 2016

Agencies: Trenton Police Department New Jersey | Mercer County Prosecutor's Office New Jersey

Last updated: 5 months ago

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34 year-old Alfred Toe was shot and killed in an altercation with an off-duty Trenton police officer.

Officials with the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said the incident unfolded about 9:50 p.m. on Roosevelt Street near West Ingham Avenue. Toe, his brother Constantine Toe, 30, and the off-duty officer were attending a repast celebration following a funeral earlier in the day, according to witnesses.

Officials say Alfred Toe got in a dispute with someone else at the party. He then allegedly went into his brother Constantine's car to grab a gun. That's when Constantine Toe confronted him and tried to wrestle the gun out of his hand, officials said. During the struggle, Constantine was shot in the hand but managed to get the gun away from his brother, according to investigators.

Witnesses say the off-duty officer then confronted Constantine Toe and took the gun away from him. He then pulled out his own service weapon and held Constantine Toe on the ground. Witnesses say that Alfred Toe, who did not know the man was a police officer, then jumped in and tried to grab the officer's gun. That's when the off-duty officer opened fire, according to the witnesses.

Friends of Toe told NBC10 they believe he would have acted differently if he had known the man was a police officer.

The shooting was being investigated by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Homicide Task Force. Additional details from the prosecutor's office were not immediately available.