Attorney General’s Office Investigating Death of Civilian in Carteret Borough Following Encounter with Police

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the death of a civilian who died following an encounter with Carteret police officers, who were attempting to assist two motorists arguing over a parking spot. The identity of the male decedent is not being released at this time.

The incident occurred on July 28 at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Jeanette Street near the intersection of Hayward Avenue in Carteret Borough. A police officer of the Carteret Borough Police Department responded to a call of two men arguing over a parking spot. The responding officers spoke to the individuals involved. During the conversation one of the individuals appeared to have a medical incident. The officers called an ambulance. The individual was transported to Robert Wood Johnson hospital in Rahway and was pronounced dead at approximately 12:00 a.m.

This investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of any death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.

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