Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez confirmed a police-involved shooting this morning on Ocean and Virginia Avenues in Jersey City. Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on January 28, 2016, two Jersey City plain-clothes police officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle at that intersection. During the stop and encounter, one of the officers discharged his service weapon striking the driver of the stolen vehicle, who was the sole occupant. The driver, who is described as a male in his mid-thirties, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds to his upper body and is listed as in critical, but stable condition. Both officers were transported to the hospital and released. One of the officers sustained a physical injury.
The shooting is being investigated by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, which is standard protocol for police-involved shootings.
In addition, Jersey City Officials sent the following statement: “The officers were attempting to arrest the driver of a stolen vehicle when he resisted, attempting to flee and dragging an officer, causing injury to the officer. As the use of deadly force is the most serious action an officer takes on our behalf, Mayor Fulop has consistently supported an impartial investigation by a completely different entity and a presentation of the facts to a grand jury in all such cases. As always, we will cooperate fully with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.”