UPDATED: AG’s office probing fatal Secaucus police-involved shooting after alleged domestic incident


The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is investigating a fatal Secaucus police-involved shooting that occurred last night after an alleged domestic incident was being investigated.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force is conducting an investigation of an officer-involved shooting that occurred early this evening in the 300 block of Sea Isle Key in the Harmon Cove residential development in Secaucus, officials announced late last night.

One male civilian sustained fatal injuries during the incident, which was being investigated after calls were made about an alleged domestic incident, sources said.

The AG’s office has since identified the deceased as Anthony Rosso, 68, who previously resided in Secaucus.

Officers of the Secaucus Police Department responded to a residence in the 300 block of Sea Isle Key in the Harmon Cove development after a 911 call was received at approximately 5:41 p.m. reporting a domestic incident with a shot fired.

Upon arrival, they encountered Rosso, who was outside the residence and was armed with a handgun. During the incident, Rosso fired his gun and multiple police officers fired their weapons, leaving Rosso fatally wounded. The origin of the fatal shot is under investigation.

Emergency medical personnel responded, and Rosso was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:14 p.m. No one else was injured.

Members of the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team also responded, arriving at the scene after the officer-involved gunfire, as HCV reported.

The investigation by the Shooting Response Task Force, which is part of the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.

This investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019, senate Bill 1036, which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s 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.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.

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