Sayreville, NJ Police Detective Matt Kurtz
The officer, a member of the Sayreville Police Department, was discovered dead around 7:15 a.m. after authorities found his vehicle near the Amboy Cinema just off the Garden State Parkway, which has been out of business for a decade.
The officer was not on duty at the time, but may have been investigating a report of a suspicious person when he was ambushed, NBC New York reported, citing unnamed sources. The Star-Ledger/NJ.com reported it was unclear why he was at the complex.
NJ cop shot to death in his car
By Daniel Prendergast
New York Post
March 21, 2016 | 12:26pm
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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.
The cause of the officer's death is not yet known, Carey said, but he suffered one or more gunshot wounds. Police would not say if they are seeking a suspect.
Sayreville Detective Matt Kurtz, found shot to death, was decorated officer
By Brian Amaral and Tom Haydon | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM, updated March 21, 2016 at 8:42 PM