Unnamed Cop Justified in Killing of Burglar

A police officer who killed a burglar was justified in using deadly force because the man who was shot struck the officer with a getaway car, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said Tuesday.

The officer, who authorities have refused to identify, fired 13 times at Miguel Reyes, 20. Reyes was one of a group of four men trying to break into a T-Mobile store on Route 4 on Oct. 8, 2014. Reyes was shot three times.

Grewal said the officer “clearly used justifiable force for the protection of himself/herself” as outlined in state law and guidelines from the New Jersey Attorney General.

“The deliberate actions that Mr. Reyes took while behind the wheel of the Kia clearly evince his intent,” Grewal said. “Mr. Reyes ignored Officer 1’s commands to stop. Instead, he backed up the Kia, then accelerated and drove at Officer 1.”

On Jan. 11, Elie Honig, director of the state’s Division of Criminal Justice, concurred with the prosecutor’s decision that deadly force was justified,


Driver Killed in Fiery Turnpike Truck Accident in NJ

The driver of a tractor trailer that was involved in a truck accident on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike has died from his injuries, State Police said.
The one-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m. not far from Exit 13, in the truck lanes at mile post 98.4.
The highway remained open but some lanes were closed for the ongoing investigation.
Police declined to release the victim’s identity pending notification of next-of-kin.