Police in Jersey City shot and killed a man who allegedly shot a woman during a domestic incident late Wednesday, state officials and law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the case say.
According to the preliminary investigation, Jersey City cops responded to the intersection of Communipaw and West Side avenues shortly before midnight for a report of a domestic dispute involving a man with a gun.
One Jersey City officer fired his service weapon during the encounter, mortally wounding the suspect, the state attorney general's office, which is leading the investigation as it does with all police shootings, said Wednesday.
A gun was found near the suspect as well, it said. He was pronounced dead a short time later, around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. The attorney general's office says his name is being withheld at this time. No other official details will be released yet, either.
Law enforcement sources had said earlier Wednesday that the gunman fled a scene after shooting a woman in a domestic incident. She was said to be hospitalized in critical condition. Those sources say cops alerted to the case ended up encountering the suspect and chased him to that Jersey City intersection, though whether the alleged pursuit was by vehicle or on foot wasn't immediately clear.
The sources also said that the suspect turned and started to fire at police at one point, which is when they said the one Jersey City officer returned fire. The attorney general's office says it will provide more information as appropriate and available.