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New Jersey Police Shoot, Kill Emotionally Disturbed Man

A relative denies the man who was killed had a knife

By Brian Thompson and Checkey Beckford
|  Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:05 AM EDT
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New Jersey Police Shoot Emotionally Disturbed Man

Police in New Jersey shot and killed an emotionally disturbed man authorities say attacked an officer with a knife Wednesday. Checkey Beckford reports.
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Police in New Jersey shot and killed an emotionally disturbed man authorities say attacked an officer with a knife Wednesday.

Dixon Rodriguez, 32, was talking with two police officers just before he apparently lunged at them, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene after the shooting. Police wouldn't say why officers were first called to the scene in Perth Amboy.

Both officers were taken to a hospital, but neither was believed to be seriously injured, Carey said. 

Family members dispute the police department's version of events. The man's brother, Kelliston Rodriguez, said his brother wouldn't carry a knife.

"This is very unjust and very unfair that allegations are being made already that he had a weapon," he said. "There was no weapon."

Carey said preliminary information, including video from surveillance cameras, suggests the police officer's version of events is true. Investigators also recovered a weapon from the victim's hand, he said.

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