Man sought in death of po­lice of­fi­cer

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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

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