NJ police shoot man wanted for murders of girlfriend, son

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 26-year-old man accused of killing his girlfriend and their young son in Jersey City Heights last week is in the hospital after he was shot by police Thursday evening, John Molinelli with Bergen County Prosecutor's Officer confirmed.

Jose Ronald Santos-Alvarez, 26, is wanted for the murders of his former girlfriend and their son, prosecutor's office said. (Photo: Hudson County Prosecutor's Office)

Jose Ronald Santos-Alvarez, 26, is wanted for the murders of his former girlfriend and their son, prosecutor's office said. (Photo: Hudson County Prosecutor's Office)

Jose Ronald Santos-Alvarez is wanted for the deaths of Monika M. Potoczniak, age 27, and their son Christopher R. Potoczniak, age 4.

Both victims were found unconscious in their second floor apartment located on Lincoln Street in Jersey City last Wednesday, officials said. They were taken to a local hospital where they were both pronounced dead.

The Medical Examiner determined Monika M. Potoczniak was strangled to death and Christopher was suffocated. Both deaths were ruled as homicides.

A week later on Thursday, Hudson County Prosecutors allegedly arrived at a house on Clay Street where they confronted the suspect around 8 p.m.

Santos-Alvarez reportedly lunged at officers with a knife, and was shot.

He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.