Posted January 24, 2018 08:17:56 The mother of a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty New Jersey police officer in February 2017 says her son’s death is a direct result of his “unnatural behavior.”
In a post on Facebook, Pastor David Sosnik of the First Baptist Church in Newark said his daughter, Kristina Sosnick, 29, was shot three times by Officer Michael J. Gaffney after he approached her in her driveway in Newark.
The police said Gaffey was responding to a 911 call for a woman with a gun and had no permit to carry a weapon.
Gaffney was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.
He is now in the Cumberland County Jail on $2 million bail.
“I am heartbroken by what has happened to my daughter, and I will always be in her heart,” Sosnicks mother, Mary, wrote.
She will be sorely missed.””
Kristina is a wonderful person and she loved every moment of her life.
She will be sorely missed.”
The pastor said his wife of eight years, Joanne, and son, Matthew, 18, are both also grieving.
Sosniczk said Gafney has since been placed on administrative leave.
A spokesperson for Cumberland county Public Safety said the department was unable to comment on the case.
The Cumberland Herald-Ledger reported on Tuesday that the state attorney’s office was looking into the shooting.
“Our hearts are broken for the families of those involved in this senseless tragedy,” Sussnick wrote.