AG’s Office investigates fatal officer-involved shooting of South Orange man

NEWARK, NJ — The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a shooting that occurred just after midnight on Jan. 1 in which a Newark police officer fatally shot Carl Dorsey III, 39, of South Orange, according to a Jan. 6 press release.

On Jan. 6, the Attorney General’s Office released the identity of the officer who fired his service weapon at Dorsey; he is Detective Rod Simpkins.

According to the preliminary investigation, the shooting occurred shortly after midnight near Woodland Avenue and South 11th Street in Newark. During an incident for which officers on patrol responded to the area, Simpkins fired his 9mm service weapon, striking Dorsey. Officers provided medical aid to Dorsey and he was transported by emergency medical personnel to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead at 1:37 a.m.

The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019, P.L.2019, c.1, which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.