Off-duty police officer fatally shot outside movie theater in Sayreville

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Monday, March 21, 2016
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Toni Yates in in Sayreville with the story

SAYREVILLE, New Jersey (WABC) -- An off-duty police officer died in a shooting Monday morning outside a movie theater in Sayreville, New Jersey, the Middlesex Prosecutor's Office said.

The prosecutor said police received a call at about 7:15 a.m. that there was a body at the theater. The officer was found shot in the parking lot of the old Amboy Cinemas.

The person shot was a male officer with the Sayreville Police Department who suffered gunshot wounds and he was off-duty at the time, the prosecutor said.

There is no word yet on the circumstances that led to the shooting, including whether anyone else was involved in the shooting. The prosecutor has not released any information about a possible suspect or a search for anyone else who may have been involved.

Here are photos of the scene:

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Sources told Eyewitness News the officer was a 9-year veteran and worked in an undercover capacity.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office released the following statement:

"We have been alerted to a report of a body located near the former movie theater in Sayreville. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating with the cooperation of the Sayreville Police Department. There will be no further comment at this time."

Here's video of the scene from NewsCopter 7:

Stay with abc7NY for updates on this developing story.