Sources: Bayonne police detective sergeant fired shots during attempted catalytic converter theft

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Authorities have released few details of an incident where a Bayonne police officer fired his service weapon on Monday, though sources with knowledge of the situation have released some basic cursory information.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak on the matter, said that the intersection of Hobert Avenue and East 5th Street was being staked out due to an ongoing rash of catalytic converter thefts.

As a theft was in progress, the driver of the vehicle saw the police on the scene and drove towards them, prompting Police Det. Sgt. Carmen Cutro to fire his service weapon.

No arrests were made at that time and no serious injuries were reported, sources said.

According to public records, Cutro has been a Bayonne police officer since 1995.

Early Monday morning, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office tweeted that they were investigating an “officer-involved shooting” at the intersection of Hobert Avenue and East 5th Street at approximately 4:30 a.m., as HCV first reported.

Bayonne Police Capt. Eric Amato referred to it as a “shots fired and vehicular pursuit incident” as he directed media inquiries to the HCPO.

Since then, essentially no other information has been released beyond the fact that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has taken over the investigation.

 

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