Elizabeth cop shoots & kills knife wielding man

ELIZABETH — A city police officer responding to a domestic incident on Sunday shot and killed a man wielding a knife, said acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

The circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office. The suspect who was fatally shot has been identified as 44-year-old John Omar DelValle of Elizabeth.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Sunday, an officer responding to the 300 block of Union Avenue in Elizabeth encountered DelValle holding a 49-year-old woman at knifepoint, according to the investigation.

During an altercation that followed, the officer fired a single shot from his service weapon, striking DelValle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither the woman nor the officer who fired the shot, a 23-year veteran of the Elizabeth Police Department, was injured. Both were transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

The investigation into this matter is continuing, and anyone with information is being urged to contact Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Johnny Ho at 908-527-4509.

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