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Long Island suspect killed during New Jersey traffic stop

Long Island suspect killed during New Jersey traffic stop

Police in New Jersey say a man wanted on a warrant on Long Island killed himself in the back of a pickup truck during a traffic stop in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said the allegation was under investigation.

“When the officers asked the individual to exit the van, he refused to exit and instead moved toward the rear compartment of the van, behind a curtain and out of sight of the officers,” the officers said. prosecutors in a statement Tuesday. “The officers smashed the windows of the van and used pepper spray to try to force the man out. Less than 15 minutes later, officers on scene reported hearing a loud noise that sounded like fireworks.

The incident reportedly began around 6:30 p.m. Friday on the north side of Route 9. The victim’s body was found inside the van nearly two hours later next to a shotgun, police said. . It appears he died of a gunshot wound. Investigators do not believe the officers fired their firearms during the confrontation.

The suspect’s name has not been released and it is unclear why he was wanted in Suffolk County.

The deadly encounter occurred just a day after a 46-year-old man suspected of shooting a 29-year-old man in Harlem died in a shootout with cops in Woodbridge Township. Several law enforcement agencies, including the New York Police Department, were involved in the shooting.