Prosecutor: Bayonne police subdued emotionally disturbed man with fake gun


The Bayonne Police Department subdued an emotionally disturbed man who threatened them with an imitation firearm yesterday without using lethal force, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

129 Avenue F in Bayonne. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 7:20 p.m., Bayonne police officers were dispatched to 129 Avenue F on a report of an emotionally disturbed person, Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, two officers encountered a male who was verbally abusive and who displayed menacing behavior toward the officers. The man, later identified as Ryan Schultheis, 25, of
Bayonne, then displayed what appeared to be a firearm and pointed it at the officers. authorities said.

One of the officers then discharged his service weapon. No one was hit and no injuries were sustained. It was later determined that the weapon displayed by Schultheis was an imitation firearm, officials said.

Schultheis was then transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical Center for evaluation, police said.

The two officers who initially responded to the scene were also transported to the
hospital for evaluation.

Schultheis has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement
officer and one count of possession of an imitation firearm, authorities said.

Pursuant to state Attorney General guidelines, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office 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.

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