UPDATED: Man fatally shot by North Bergen police after domestic violence incident


A man was fatally shot by North Bergen police after stabbing two women as part of a domestic violence dispute, sources told Hudson County View. North Bergen police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The man died in the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health after he turned a knife on North Bergen police officers, prompting shots to be fired, sources said.

According to sources, he was shot after badly injuring two women with a knife around 3:20 a.m. in the area of 1601 Union Turnpike.

Late this afternoon, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has since released a narrative of what happened during the fatal incident.

Upon arrival, one responding officer observed a female victim with multiple stab wounds and began to render medical aid, Suarez said in a statement

The victim directed two additional responding Police Officers to the rear of the residence where a second female victim and a male suspect were located, officials said.

The two officers engaged the actor on the back porch of the residence and attempted to
deescalate the situation and render aid to the second victim, authorities said.

An attempt to disarm the actor with pepper spray was unsuccessful and ultimately, both police officers discharged their service weapon, officials said.

The actor, who was struck in the torso, was treated at the scene and then transported by
Emergency Medical Services to the JCMC where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The deceased was Winston Espino Sanchez, 45, whose last known residence was in Union City. Authorities withheld his identity until minutes ago as the next of kin was identified.

The two female victims, a 31-year-old from North Bergen and a 34-year-old from Guttenberg, were transported by EMS to Jersey City Medical Center and are reported to be in stable condition.

One additional stabbing victim from this incident, a 33-year-old man from Union City, was
located by police. He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by EMS, evaluated and

The two police officers who were involved with the shooting were taken to the hospital for

Pursuant to Attorney General guidelines, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has taken
over the investigation from the North Bergen Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Internal Affairs Unit is in the early stages of the investigation.

Since June, there have been at least two other police involved shootings in Hudson County: one in Jersey City that ended in a fiery crash, which is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and an incident in Harrison where an officer fired at a suspect after being struck by his car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on their official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with new information from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

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