North Bergen police officer dies from self-inflicted gun shot wound

Alex Vasquez, North Bergen
Alex Vasquez, North Bergen

NORTH BERGEN — The North Bergen officer found in a parked car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week has died, according to the department’s Facebook page.

“It is with a heavy heart that we reflect on the fact that today we lost our friend, our brother, and our sergeant, Alexander Vazquez,’ the post reads.

Officers responding to a 911 call found the wounded Vazquez, 32, in a car on Durham Avenue Oct 18, per a town press release. They immediately took him to a nearby trauma center.

Vazquez had over 12 years of police service, according to the town. He was also a champion wrestler for North Bergen High School, according to Mayor Nicholas Sacco.

“Alex was kind, caring, and dependable. He always would greet us with a smile and back us with his strength,” the department’s Facebook tribute continued.

“There are no words that can accurately describe the sadness we are experiencing due to his loss. This tragedy has touched each of us in different ways. May God have mercy on his soul and may Alex rest in eternal peace”