PERTH AMBOY – The investigation into Dixon Rodriguez’s death at the hands of police is continuing, according to Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office released an audio recording of the 9-1-1 call made by Rodriguez’s mother, who initially contacted police.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Rodriguez’s mother called 9-1-1 and told the operator that her son was violent, but she was refusing to give him his medication because it was harmful to him.
At 1:18 p.m. on Dec. 4, two Perth Amboy police officers were dispatched to Hall Avenue home of Dixon Rodriguez. According to the prosecutor’s office, an investigation determined that Rodriguez stepped outside and suddenly raised his right arm with a knife in his right hand as the officers were talking with him. Rodriguez then allegedly punched the female police officer in the head and tackled her to the ground.
Both officers fired at Rodriguez, killing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:50 p.m.
Investigators subsequently retrieved a chef’s knife with a five-inch-long blade from the right hand of Rodriguez, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is prohibited from releasing a surveillance video of the incident at this time, officials said.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4428.
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