Police Fatally Shoot Suspect After 3 People Stabbed In North Bergen

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A suspect was killed in a police-involved shooting overnight after authorities said three people were stabbed during an altercation outside a home in North Bergen.

Police said they were first called to the scene on Union Turnpike around 3:30 a.m. Monday, where they found three people, including two women, stabbed.

As CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported, it started with a fight inside of a home that neighbors said has been a problem for years.

Shrieks of panic and the desperate cries of the two women woke neighbors in the early morning hours.

Resident Rosa Ramos, who watched the scene unfold from her upstairs window, said one woman appeared injured.

“She had a red dress on and she was holding her chest and she was screaming out ‘help me, help me, someone help,'” Ramos said, adding that the other woman was also badly injured. “She was standing and then she fell to the ground. That’s when the cops start screaming.”

Danilo Ortega and his son heard the commotion from their home.

“I saw two men fighting in the street, and after that I heard the lady screaming so I decided to call 911,” Danilo Ortega said.

“We were hearing two people fighting outside and then the police came and then we heard the police officer say drop it, drop it,” his son, Sebastian said. “After a few times of him saying ‘drop it drop it,’ I’m guessing he didn’t drop it and he fired two shots. After that two girls started screaming and the cops were trying to calm them down.”

The suspect was shot and killed by police.

Residents said the home where the altercation began has been a long-known nuisance in the community with noise, fights and a constant parade of people in and out.

“The cars that come there are not from here. They got Pennsylvania plates, they’re bringing different girls, at different times all dressed up,” Ramos said.

“It’s incredible can’t believe it happened,” Danilo Ortega said.

The stabbing victims were taken to Jersey City Medical Center. Their conditions are not known.

The police chief confirmed none of the officers were injured. They have turned the investigation over to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, which remains on scene.

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