01/14/2011

NJ cop killed in townhouse shooting

Lakewood police say the officer was shot around 5 p.m. Friday

By Wayne Parry
Associated Press

LAKEWOOD, NJ — A police officer shot by an unknown assailant Friday at a town house development has died from his wounds, a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not yet been made.

Lakewood police say the officer was shot around 5 p.m. Friday.

He was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

He was identified only as a uniformed officer who responded to a call in his patrol car.

There was no word on whether anyone has been arrested.

Numerous local and state police units were at the development where the shooting occurred in the community of 60,000 in northern Ocean County near the Jersey shore.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office scheduled a news conference for 7 p.m. to discuss the shooting.

The State Policeman's Benevolent Association is offering a $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect, according to the group's spokesman, Jim Ryan.

In Sept. 2009, another Lakewood police officer, Patrolman Jonathan Wilson, was critically wounded when he was shot in the face during a gun and drug raid that resulted in a gun battle. Three other officers were shot but received lesser injuries.

The alleged shooter in that case faces attempted murder charges.

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