Prosecutor: Bayonne domestic violence incident leads to police-involved shooting

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A Bayonne domestic violence incident that saw a man threaten police with a knife resulted in an officer shooting him twice, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. Bayonne police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Rudy Vera, 51, of Bayonne, was charged with armed burglary, two counts of
possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, violation of a restraining order, two counts of aggravated assault, attempt to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault – attempt to cause serious bodily injury, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, police said.

On Friday at approximately 5:35 p.m., Bayonne police officers were dispatched to East 25th Street in Bayonne on a report of a domestic violence incident.

Upon arrival, the initial responding officer encountered a man in the street. While the officer was still in his marked patrol vehicle, the man began acting in an aggressive manner toward the officer, officials said.

After exiting his vehicle, the officer was pursued by Vera with a knife. Despite numerous commands for the actor to drop his weapon and submit to arrest, the actor continued to threaten the cop with his knife, police said.

As a result of this aggressive behavior, the officer discharged his service weapon, striking the actor in his torso and an extremity, authorities said.

Vera was treated at the scene and then transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he remains in stable condition, police said.

An initial investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office revealed that upon arriving at her home, a
female victim found Vera in her apartment in violation of a restraining order, officials said.

The victim immediately exited her home and was pursued by Vera, who acted in a threatening manner toward her with a screwdriver and a knife. At that time, the initial responding officer arrived.

The officer involved with the shooting was taken to the Bayonne Medical Center for
evaluation. Pursuant to Attorney General guidelines, the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor has taken over the investigation from the Bayonne Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Internal Affairs Unit is in the early stages of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on their official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.