An investigation into the shooting is being conducted by Detective Wayne Canastra of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
SAYREVILLE — The Sayreville police officer who was found dead outside of Amboy Cinemas Monday was a highly decorated nine-year veteran of the force who was recently promoted to detective, sources said.
Detective Matt Kurtz, 34, was found dead outside the Route 9 cinema, according to multiple Middlesex County law enforcement sources. The Sayreville Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office could not be reached for comment about the identity of the officer who was killed.
Kurtz was transferred to the Investigation Division in November 2015, according to the Sayreville Police Department’s website.
Last year, Kurtz was honored for his help saving an 83-year-old man from a burning house, according to the Home News Tribune. In December 2014, Kurtz and another officer charged into the blaze and pulled Max Klitzke to safety.
Reached for comment, Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O’Brien said: “We lost a very good and fine young police officer today. And our hearts and our prayers are with him, his parents, his wife, and his children.”
Officials would not describe the nature of the investigation.
Kurtz joined the force in March 2007, according to a story in the Sayreville Suburban.
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