PERTH AMBOY — Police are actively investigating the death of a Perth Amboy man, who was shot when he apparently attacked a city police officer with a knife on Wednesday afternoon, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced.
Dixon Rodriguez, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, which occurred shortly after police were dispatched to Hall Avenue in Perth Amboy at 1:18 p.m.
A preliminary investigation has shown that two police officers, whose names were not released, were speaking to the man when he allegedly attacked one of the officers. The man was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m.
Some community members don’t believe Rodriguez had a knife, and community activist David Caba says that elected officials should hold a public meeting to offer “some clarification” about what happened, according to an NJ.com report.
The two officers were taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy division, were they were being examined. No information was immediately available on the results of the exams, but neither officer was believed to have been seriously injured.
Following the shooting, members of the Perth Amboy Police Department contacted the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which subsequently notified the state Office of the Attorney General, in accordance with state guidelines.
The investigation is active and is continuing, officials said. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300.
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