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Bergen Prosecutor Seeks Vehicle In Paterson Officer-Involved Shooting

The vehicle that authorities said a gunman killed by police was shooting at.
The vehicle that authorities said a gunman killed by police was shooting at. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Bergen County Prosecutor

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Authorities investigating a police-involved shooting in Paterson are seeking the public's help finding a vehicle that fled the scene.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the June 24 shooting.

"At approximately 1:56 a.m....plain clothes officers from the Paterson Police Department were patrolling the area of Summer and Cedar Streets in the City’s Fifth Ward," acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said Monday.

"The officers were alerted by the sound of a vehicle rapidly accelerating," Grewal said.

They immediately spotted Ismael Miranda, 36, of East 39th Street, firing at the fleeing vehicle -- a red or maroon-colored Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna minivan, he said.

The officers approached and identified themselves, Grewal said -- then added: "Both officers subsequently fired their weapons."

Miranda was later pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

"A .380 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene," the prosecutor said.

The vehicle may or may not have damage as a result of the shooting, Grewal said.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or its occupants is asked to call the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 201-226-5532.

Grewal noted that "the New Jersey Attorney General’s guidelines for the investigation of officer-involved-shootings require that there be no conflict, real or perceived, between the investigating authority and the involved officers.

"Based upon this, the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice assigned this investigation to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO), and the investigation is now being conducted by the BCPO Major Crimes Unit, under the direction of Deputy Chief Robert Anzilotti."

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