DeFarra Gaymon’s weekend was supposed to be fun-filled. The 48-year-old CEO was traveling from Georgia to New Jersey to celebrate his 30th high school reunion with friends and former classmates from Montclair High School.
No one could have predicted the tragic turn his trip would take.
According to the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Gaymon was shot and killed Friday evening at Newark’s Branch Brook Park during a “tussle” with an undercover police detective
Yesterday, the Essex County prosecutor finally relayed the officer’s statement to the press. The 29 year-old officer was patrolling Branch Brook Park, a well-known gay pickup spot. Somehow, he lost a pair of handcuffs. He went back to look for them, and “Mr. Gaymon approached him while masturbating,” the WSJ reports. The policeman says he pulled out his badge and told Gaymon he was under arrest—then, Gaymon “shoved the officer to the ground and ran, ignored the officer’s demands to stop, and repeatedly threatened to kill the officer if he approached,” according to the NYT. And as the cop was trying to handcuff him: “Mr. Gaymon reached into his pocket and lunged at the officer in an attempt to disarm the officer,” [the prosecutor] said. The officer, “fearing for his life,” the prosecutor said, shot Mr. Gaymon once, and he died at the hospital three hours later.