A sexual assault suspect committed suicide while he was being pursued by Union City police officers early this morning, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The suspect, 57-year-old Union City man who is yet to be identified, was being sought by authorities after a female victim called in an incident in the vicinity of 20th Street and Bergenline Avenue early this morning, Suarez said in a statement.
Sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said that the victim called stating she was the victim of a sexual assault.
Authorities said that officers followed the suspect to his second-floor apartment, where he delivered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
During this incident, a Union City police officer deployed his Conducted Energy Device,
commonly known as a taser. In accordance with the NJ Attorney General directive governing Conducted Energy Devices, the deployment is under investigation.
The Hudson County Prosecutorâ€™s Office is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Union City Police Department and the Regional Medical Examinerâ€™s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutorâ€™s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.
Editor’s Note: This story was initially published at 1:58 p.m. citing anonymous sources. At 5:57 p.m., the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office sent out a press release corroborating our initial report, as well as providing new information.Â