An off-duty Sayreville police officer was found dead this morning in a car parked outside the former Amboy Cinema movie theater, between Route 35 and Route 9 in the borough.
The body of the dead officer, whose name is being withheld, was found at approximately 7:15 a.m., according to Police Chief John Zebrowski
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said the cause of death has yet to be determined, but it appeared the officer suffered one or more gunshot wounds. The results of an autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office were pending.
An investigation into the shooting is being conducted by Detective Wayne Canastra of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Wayne Canastra at (732) 745-3809.’
The officer was shot and killed while sitting in his personal vehicle, according to several sources who also say he may have been investigating a report of a suspicious person when the shooting occurred. It is not known if he was able to shoot back.
At least one media outlet reported that the officer was a 9-year veteran.
The area is the original site of the Amboys Drive-In Theater located in Sayreville, where Parkway drivers were able to see the movie screen – and whatever film was playing on it – as they headed north toward the Driscoll Bridge.
It was later replaced by the 14 screen Amboy Multiplex theater, which closed in May 2005, after 26 years in operation.
As part of the Survivor & Welfare Fund, the NJ State PBA has established a program designed to aid in the capture and conviction of law enforcement assailants. The program offers a $20,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals in relation to the shooting of any New Jersey officer, regardless of union affiliation.
Officials have not said if this case falls under the reward program, since details of the investigation remain unknown.
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