Grand Jury To Review New Brunswick Police-Involved Shooting

NEW BRUNSWICK — A grand jury will be asked to review the circumstances leading up to and surrounding a police-involved shooting on Seaman Street near Remsen Avenue in New Brunswick on Jan. 31, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.

The review will include testimony and evidence obtained during an exhaustive investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office into the wounding by police of a 19-year-old New Brunswick man who is alleged to have fired in the direction of police and city residents.

The date and length of time needed to present the case to the grand jury has yet to be determined, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The investigation, which is continuing, began immediately after the 19-year-old man allegedly opened fire on the residents. Police, on routine patrol, responded by shooting and wounding him.

He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office immediately took control of the scene of the shooting, independently interviewed witnesses, collected evidence, and questioned neighborhood residents.

The gun used by the 19-year-old man later was determined to be a replica of a Beretta 9mm semi-automatic handgun and fired blank rounds.

The two New Brunswick police officers involved in the shooting remain on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in the New Brunswick Police Department, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the events to call Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4471, or Investigator Rodney Blount of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-6249.

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