North Bergen police sergeant dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

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The North Bergen community is in mourning after a respected police sergeant died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the police department announced this evening. 

Photo via North Bergen Police Department.
Photo via North Bergen Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

It is with a heavy heart that we reflect on the fact that today we lost our friend, our brother, and our Sergeant, Alexander Vazquez. Alex was kind, caring, and dependable. He always would greet us with a smile and back us with his strength,” the NBPD wrote on their Facebook page.

“There are no words that can accurately describe the sadness we are experiencing due to his loss. This tragedy has touched each of us in different ways. May God have mercy on his soul and may Alex rest in eternal peace.”

As Hudson County View reported last week, Vazquez was placed on life support late Wednesday evening after police discovered him inside his car suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Township officials previously identified Vazquez as a former standout wrestler, a leader and friend to many.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie, and their children.

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