Man sought in death of police officer
An intensive search was underway Saturday for the man accused of shooting a police officer in central NewJersey in what a prosecutor described as “an executionstyle killing.”
The Friday afternoon shooting followed what Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford described as a routine stop.
“ This was an encounter that was between the officer and the person, not hostile,” she said. “ The individual stepped back and suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot the officer.”
Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, 27, slumped behind the wheel of his police cruiser, his gun still in its holster. The gunman ran away, touching off a massive manhunt by land and air.
The suspect, Jahmell W. Crockam, 19, was charged with murder.
Matlosz joined the department Aug. 14, 2006, and lived in nearby Manchester Township, according to Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson.
“Chris was one of our most popular officers,” the chief said. “You might say he was the best of us. He was very dedicated to his job.”
— Associated Press