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Officer Shot, Killed In Confrontation With Pedestrian

Officer Shot, Killed In Confrontation With Pedestrian

Patrolman Christopher Matlosz

Associated Press

January 15, 2011

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — A man was being questioned by a police officer who had driven up to him on a residential street Friday afternoon when he pulled a handgun from his clothing and fired three bullets into the officer in what the county prosecutor called “a heinous, execution-style killing.”

A massive manhunt was under way in this community near the Jersey shore for the killer of Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, who had just transferred from the night shift a week ago and was engaged to be married next year.

His fiancee rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour after the shooting.

“This is a terrible tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to Officer Matlosz’s family, friends, fellow officers and the entire New Jersey law enforcement community,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “While the facts are still being gathered, we support the Lakewood police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in their work to bring swift justice to whomever is responsible.”

Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said Matlosz never saw it coming. She said the officer was conducting “a routine stop” of the suspect, chatting with him for a few minutes, leading authorities to believe the two may have been acquainted with each other before the shooting.

“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.”

While the suspect fled on foot, a neighbor called 911 just after 4 p.m. to report an officer down. Matlosz was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he died in the trauma unit. He is survived by his mother and a brother.

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s or late teens, stockily built with sunken eyes and puffy cheeks. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans slung so low that gray boxer shorts were visible, according to a witness account to police.

Officers were swarming the neighborhood and several helicopters were swooping low over homes and trees in the area. State Attorney General Paula Dow promised the killer would be caught.

“I am deeply saddened to learn about the fatal shooting of Lakewood police Officer Chris Matlosz, who lost his life in the line of duty this evening,” Dow said. “Rest assured, the suspect responsible for this horrific act will be apprehended and brought to justice.”

The State Policeman’s Benevolent Association is offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect, according to the group’s spokesman, Jim Ryan.

Matlosz, 27, joined the department Aug. 14, 2006, and had just transferred to the evening shift after more than three years on the midnight shift, police Chief Robert Lawson said. He lived in nearby Manchester Township.

“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. I have a lot of accolades about him from the public.”

His death was the second shooting incident involving a Lakewood police officer in recent years.

In September 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.

A suspect in that case faces attempted murder charges.


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    Cuffs710

    over 3 years ago

    1584 Comments

    R.I.P. brother. May your killer be brought to justice switftly. A terrible loss for the dept and the community. I pray for peace and comfort for your family, friends, and your dept. Thank you for your dedicated service.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Word of caution to NJ officers from NJLawman.com: There are reports that the Bloods gang has placed a bounty on New Jersey law enforcement officers. This was apparently done in retaliation for statewide efforts made by New Jersey officers in the manhunt for Jahmell Crockam, the suspect in Friday's murder of Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz. Please forward this bulletin to all appropriate personnel.
    For more information, visit the NJLawman.com website.
    On the surface I say "bring it," but let's stay frosty out there.

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    lajustice

    over 3 years ago

    1178 Comments

    GOD bless you brother. Your brothers and sisters will find this scumbag and bring him to justice. May GOD watch over your family, your fellow LEO's and your dept.

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    Chief171

    over 3 years ago

    3192 Comments

    RIP BROTHER.

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    ppupatrol

    over 3 years ago

    442 Comments

    Rest in peace brother...prayers to family, department and community.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    I pray for swift and meaningful justice..!!! May GOD bless this Officer's family, to help them heal and to find closure when this "murdering!!!!@#$%^&$%#$%^%$!@$%^(*^&%A$$HOLE is prosecuted....

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    ya. you're right. better than nothing. make sure he has plenty of shoe laces and bedsheets.

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    atr001

    over 3 years ago

    146 Comments

    well i suppose in custody is better than nothing. prayers go out to family and fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement who knew him

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    KEVIN3590

    over 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    Funeral arrangements for Officer Chris Matlosz #317: Wednesday Jan. 19th, Viewing 4-9pm at the Lakewood Funeral Home, Rt 9 south, Howell. Memorial Service Jan. 20th 12 noon, St. Mary's of the Lake, Rt. 9 and Main St. Lakewood. Repass to follow. Location to be announced.

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    tommystallion37

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    Such sad news.... to not even get a chance to draw his weapon. Condolences to the family of Officer Matlosz:(

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    Oncethere2506

    over 3 years ago

    274 Comments

    Ah crap, in custody? Based on how this coward took out this officer I was hoping for a different ending. Some one needs to bring back the old days for such events as these.

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    jakesdad

    over 3 years ago

    298 Comments

    Yep the MF is in custody.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Brother

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    jims4

    over 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    They got him! The coward is in custody!!! Thank You to all the agencies involved in the search. Rest in Peace Officer Matlosz. You will never be forgotten.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Prayers and tears

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