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,