NJ officials: Suspect identified in backhoe rampage, fatal police-involved shooting

Officials say Joshua Gonzalez, 20, used a backhoe to flip multiple vehicles and ram into homes in Vineland.
VINELAND, New Jersey (WPVI) -- The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has identified the suspect involved in a fatal police-involved shooting Saturday in Vineland.

Officials say 20-year-old Joshua Gonzalez of Millville used a backhoe to flip multiple vehicles and ram into homes in Vineland, New Jersey.

The shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. in the Penn Lincoln Mobile Home Park between Brandywine Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Officials say Sgt. Louis Platania of the Vineland Police Department fired his service weapon, killing Gonzalez.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:48 p.m.

Sometime before the fatal shooting, witnesses reported seeing Gonzalez traveling around the neighborhood in a backhoe.

Pictured: A backhoe is seen in Vineland, New Jersey on December 18, 2021.



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Three Vineland police officers sustained minor injuries during the incident. They have since been treated and released.

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