Butler Police Department – Officer Involved Shooting (Updated Statement)

On March 31, 2016, at approximately 7:17 pm, members of the Butler Police Department responded to 3 Belleview Terrace, Butler, New Jersey on a report of a suspicious person.  Ultimately, an incident occurred resulting in a Butler police officer discharging his duty weapon, striking an adult male, age twenty-three (23), multiple times.  This incident occurred within 3 Belleview Terrace.   No arrest has been made and no criminal charges have been filed at this time and the investigation remains active and ongoing.

Pursuant to the New Jersey Attorney General Directive (No. 2006-5; Supplemented July 28, 2015) on Officer Involved Shootings, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting the investigation of events.  The Butler Police Department is not responsible for the investigation as a member of that department discharged his duty weapon.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is coordinating this investigation with the Division of Criminal Justice in Trenton as required by the 2015 Attorney General Directive.

In order to ensure the integrity of the investigation and to protect the rights of all persons involved, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office cannot at this time provide any additional details of the incident.  To do so would jeopardize the investigation in progress.  As stated previously, there is no danger to the community.

Once this Office is able to do so a more formal and detailed statement may be issued. Until that time, however, no additional information will be released.

Any inquiries can be directed to Executive Captain Richard A. Rose at 973-285-6244 or [email protected]