NJ Attorney General’s Office identifies victim and officers in Bayonne police-involved shooting

Lee Waskiewicz was shot in his home following police response to a domestic violence call

The Attorney General’s Office has released more information regarding the fatal officer-involved shooting in Bayonne on the morning of June 7.

The Bayonne victim has been identified as Lee Waskiewicz, 47, who lived where the shooting occurred.

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The officers of the Bayonne Police Department who fired their service weapons at Waskiewicz are Timothy Ballance Jr. and Edward Taveras.

According to the preliminary investigation, uniformed officers of the BPD responded just after 6:30 a.m. to a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance at a residence in the first block of West 1st St.

According to the AG’s Office, shortly after arrival, officers approached Waskiewicz in a stairwell. He retreated up the stairs, authorities said. Waskiewicz came back to the stairs armed with a knife, according to police.

During a second interaction in the stairwell, Ballance and Taveras fired their service weapons, fatally wounding Waskiewicz, police said. Officers rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.

EMTs transported Waskiewicz to Bayonne Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:43 a.m.

This investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of a death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is being released at this time.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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