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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: December 6, 2013

 

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Shooting investigation continues

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that an on-going investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Perth Amboy man has determined that his mother initially contacted police, saying he was violent, but she was refusing to give him his medication because it was harmful to him.

 

In response to the emergency 911 call at 1:18 p.m. on December 4, 2013, two Perth Amboy police officers were dispatched to the home of Dixon Rodriguez on Hall Avenue in the city.

 

The investigation further determined that Rodriguez stepped outside of his home and, as the two officers were talking with him, he suddenly raised his right arm, with a knife in his right hand. While holding the knife, he punched the female police officer in the head, and tackled her to the ground.

 

Both officers then fired at Rodriguez. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:50 p.m.

 

Investigators subsequently retrieved a chefís knife with a five-inch-long blade from the right hand of Rodriguez.

 

Although the investigation is continuing, the additional details are being released in an effort to ask anyone with information to contact Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-4428.

 

It also should also be noted that as a result of inquiries from the media, a copy of the 911 phone call to the Perth Amboy Police Department is being released today.The Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office is prohibited from releasing a surveillance video of the incident at this time.