N.J. AG’s Office releases videos of West New York police killing man who shot at them

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The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has released body camera and surveillance videos of police killing a man who shot at them, injuring one officer, after they responded to a domestic violence 911 call on June 3rd.

A 911 caller said that a domestic violence victim was in front of his home and asked police to respond to 59th and Hudson Streets, along with EMS, according to audio also released by the AG’s Office this evening.

According to the preliminary investigation, West New York police officers responded to a residence on 59th Street at approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 3rd.

During the initial encounter, Kevin Colindres, 32, of West New York, fired a weapon at the officers while standing in the vestibule of the home. As a result, one officer discharged his weapon and one officer sustained a non-fatal injury at this time

Other officers took cover and maintained the scene. Approximately 15 minutes after the initial encounter, Colindres emerged from a neighboring door and ran down the sidewalk, visibly armed with two firearms.

At this time, an officer discharged his firearm, fatally wounding Colindres. Officers and emergency medical personnel rendered aid and two firearms were recovered near Colindres and one additional firearm was recovered on his person.

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

The recordings are being released pursuant to policies established by the Attorney General’s Office in 2019 that are designed to promote the fair, impartial, and transparent investigation of fatal police encounters.

The AG’s Office had previously identified the Colindres as the decedent and met with his family today for them to review the footage before it was released.

The fatal shooting remains under investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) and therefore no further information is being released at this time.

While authorities have still not identified the officer who was shot during the incident, HCV first reported that Police Officer Samuel Molina-Urena was in stable condition and treated at the Jersey City Medical Center.

Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez noted that the officer was home recovering in a statement praising the response to the incident released on June 6th.


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