Jersey City man charged with March murder

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit arrested and charged 23-year-old Phillip Wiggins, of Jersey City, in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Damone Smith on March 31, in Jersey City.

On March 31, just after 8:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Cator Avenue and Rose Avenue in Jersey City.

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Responding officers were told that the victim, later identified as Damone Smith,  was transported from the scene in a private vehicle to Jersey City Medical Center.

Smith sustained gunshot wound(s) to the upper body and was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:15 a.m. on April 1.

The cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.

Wiggins was arrested on April 22, just before 7 p.m, at a residence on Seymour Avenue in Newark, according to a press release from the prosecutor’s office.

He was charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (firearm).

At the time of his arrest, Wiggins was found to be wanted on a Fugitive from Justice warrant from Texas and was also processed on that charge.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

The above charges are merely accusations. Wiggins is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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