For Immediate Release: June 4, 2022
Office of the Attorney General
– Matthew J. Platkin, Acting Attorney General
Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
– Thomas J. Eicher, Executive Director
West New York, N.J. – The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred the evening of Friday, June 3 in West New York, N.J. One officer sustained non-fatal injuries and one male civilian sustained fatal injuries. Their identities are not being released at this time.
According to the preliminary investigation, uniformed officers of the West New York Police Department responded to a residence on 59th Street in West New York, N.J. at approximately 6:30 p.m. in response to a 911 call involving a domestic dispute. During the encounter, an individual fired a weapon at the officers. One officer sustained a non-fatal injury. Two officers from the West New York Police Department discharged their service weapons, fatally wounding the man who had fired at the officers. Officers and emergency medical personnel rendered first aid to the man. Three firearms were recovered near him. The man was pronounced deceased Palisades Medical Center at 7:13 p.m.
This investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of any 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, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.