AG’s office investigating police involved New Year’s Eve shooting at Pine Brook motel

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PINE BROOK, NJ – Police officers executing a search warrant for a man wanted on an attempted murder warrant was shot and killed by police officers on New Year’s Eve.

Today the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced it is investigating the fatal police-involved shooting.

The victim’s name was not released by law enforcement officials.

“According to the preliminary information, members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (“SERT”) were at the motel on Route 46 in Pine Brook to assist Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detectives with executing an arrest warrant for attempted murder, which incident occurred on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 in Elmwood Park, N.J.,” the New Jersey OAG’s Office said in a statement today. “Detectives ascertained that the suspect was inside a particular room and members of the Morris County SERT made entry at approximately 7:14 p.m., whereupon the individual exchanged gunfire with two officers.  Officers attempted life-saving measures, but the individual was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:27 p.m. Authorities recovered a firearm near the decedent. Two officers were transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.”

The OAG’s office is investigating the incident per directive 2019-14, which requires a state investigation any time a police officer is involved in a fatal shooting incident.

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