BERGEN, N.J. (PIX11) –A burglary suspect was killed after a New Jersey cop opened fire on the car he and three others were in, trying to make a quick getaway, according to prosecutors.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said Paramus police officers responded to a burglar alarm that went off just after 4:30 Wednesday morning at 255 Route 4 West where they found a rear door to Jennifer Convertibles pried open.
The suspects were in a 2015 Kia which hit one of the officers. That’s when, according to prosecutors, the officer fired several shots at the car. The driver, identified as Miguel Reyes, 20, from Harlem, took off down
Route 4 West. Failing to make a turn, the car crashed into the center median. But Reyes, managed to get out and walk across the highway where he was later caught by River Edge Police.
Reyes was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where he died.
Prosecutors have not released the condition of the injured officer.
The other suspects are also from New York City and have been identified as Nico Vega and Hector Felkix, both 25, and Josue Felix, 21. They were arrested at the scene.
Police suspect the four tried to break into Jennifer Convertibles in an effort to gain access to the T- Mobile store next door.
The wild scene left traffic a mess. Westbound lanes were closed for hours as police investigated the shooting.
The exact cause of Reyes’s death has not yet been determined.
Charges against the three suspects are pending.