Prosecutor: Man shot by cops threatened woman

By Caitlin Mota|

BAYONNE — The man who was shot by police on Friday evening had broken into a woman’s home and threatened her with a knife and screwdriver, according to authorities.

Rudy Vera, 51, remains hospitalized and faces a dozen charges, including violating a restraining order the victim had against him, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

On Friday at about 5:30 p.m., Bayonne police were called to East 25th Street for a “domestic violence incident.” When officers arrived, Vera was standing in the street with a knife in his hand, Suarez said.

Vera started “acting in an aggressive manner” toward police, who ordered him to drop the knife multiple times, according to authorities. The 51-year-old threatened one of the officers with the knife and then police shot him twice, including once in the torso, authorities said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.