AG’s office confirms one suspect killed, officer in stable condition, in West New York shooting


The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that one suspect was killed and that a police officer is in stable condition after a West New York shooting last night.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

According to the preliminary investigation, uniformed officers of the West New York Police Department responded to a residence on 59th Street at approximately 6:30 p.m. in response to a 911 call involving a domestic dispute, the AG’s office said in a statement.

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 and he was pronounced dead at the Palisades Medical Center at 7:13 p.m.

While the AG’s office declined to the name the officer who was hurt or the decedent, citing an ongoing investigation, HCV already identified Police Officer Samuel Molina-Urena as the man in uniform who had been shot last night.

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.

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