Elizabeth, New Jersey — On July 29, 2023, at 7:59 a.m., Officers with the Elizabeth Police Department responded to 911 calls regarding a dispute and an unwanted individual at a multifamily residence on Amity Street in Elizabeth. At approximately 8:03 a.m. police were dispatched and arrived on the scene at 8:04 a.m. Within the residence, police encountered 42-year-old Estiben Alegria-Hurtado, who was holding a kitchen knife and involved in a dispute with a female resident. At the time the officers entered and walked to the rear of the home, two males were attempting to restrain Alegria-Hurtado. As the officers approached, the males released Alegria-Hurtado, who was still in possession of a knife and in close proximity to the female. At 8:05 a.m., Elizabeth Police Officer Steven Lazo discharged his firearm once, striking Alegria-Hurtado.
Authorities recovered the knife near Algeria-Hurtado. Officers then rendered aid to Algeria-Hurtado, who was subsequently transported by emergency medical personnel to University Hospital in Newark. He was pronounced deceased at 11:26 p.m. Sunday, July 30.
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