N.J. AG’s Office identifies decedent in fatal West New York shooting involving police


The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has identified the decedent in last week’s fatal West New York shooting involving police, where one was injured at the scene.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

According to the preliminary investigation, West New York police responded to a residence on 59th Street at approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 3rd in response to a 911 call involving a domestic dispute, the AG’s office said in a statement.

During the encounter, Kevin Colindres, 32, of West New York, fired a weapon at the officers and one officer sustained a non-fatal injury.

Two officers from the West New York PD discharged their service weapons, fatally wounding Colindres, who had fired at the officers. Officers and emergency medical personnel rendered first aid to Colindres and three firearms were recovered near him.

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

The AG’s office declined to release any further information, citing an ongoing investigation, but HCV has previously identified the law enforcement member who was shot as Police Officer Samuel Molina-Urena.

Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said in a statement on Monday that the officer has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering.

Video footage shows that at least one suspect was also arrested at the scene.

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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