Murder USA: New Jersey detective found shot to death outside Sayreville theatre

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MURDER USADeath of police officer under investigation

March 21, 2016

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department said an off-duty police officer was found dead this morning outside a former movie theater in the borough.

The officer, whose name is being withheld, was found at approximately 7:15 a.m.
The cause of death has yet to be determined, but it appeared the officer suffered one or more gunshot wounds. The results of an autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office were not immediately available.
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An investigation into the shooting is being conducted by Detective Wayne Canastra of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Canastra at (732) 745-3809.


UPDATE: Sayreville Detective Matt Kurtz came from law enforcement family

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.

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Sayreville police detective Matt Kurtz, right, receives his new badge during his promotion to detective in November. (Facebook)

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.”

Off-duty Sayreville cop found shot to death

Off-duty Sayreville cop found shot to death

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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