The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has been assigned to investigate the police-involved shooting that claimed the life of a 36-year-old city man, authorities said.
Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal identified the man killed in the early Friday morning shooting as Ismael Miranda.
Authorities said Miranda was observed shooting at a fleeing vehicle towards Summer Street at around 1:56 a.m. when two plainclothes police officers responded to Summer and Cedar streets alerted by the sound of a rapidly accelerating vehicle.
The vehicle that fled the scene is described as a red or maroon color Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna minivan (pictured). Authorities said the vehicle may or may not have visible damage as a result of the shooting. The vehicle is being sought by authorities to further their investigation.
Police officers identified themselves as law enforcement officers when approaching Miranda.
Both officers fired their weapons killing an armed Miranda at the scene. A .380 caliber handgun was recovered from the scene, authorities said.
The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice assigned the investigation to Grewal’s office to avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest. The investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit under the direction of deputy chief Robert Anzilotti, authorities said.
Miranda, who lived at a home on East 39th Street, reportedly served three stints in prison for aggravated assault with a weapon, weapons offenses, and drug charges.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupants to call the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 201-226-5532.
All calls will be kept confidential.