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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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    RIP Officer Matlosz we'll take it from here...

  • St-michael_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thank you for your service, dedication, bravery, and loyalty. You served your community well. God Speed! Officer Matlosz. Rest in Peace.

    As for the the thug who so cowardly took this officer's will get yours...the thin blue line is forever strong.

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    over 3 years ago



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    over 3 years ago



  • Icon_max50


    over 3 years ago


    organzied crime?

  • Img084_max50


    over 3 years ago


    rest in peace brother, may god keep you in his arms. HOMOCIDE THIS IS YOUR TIME DONT LET UP TILL YOU BRING HIM IN!!!!!!

  • Picture_045_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP, I hope they Fry this POS once he's caught!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Officer Chris Matlosz RIPB. Until we meet again.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    They know who did it and have issued a warrant for his arrest as well as over $100,000 reward for his capture. They have even set bail at $15 million which I cannot figure out how that can be done but it has. My hope is that they find this individual and shoot him dead right there. I would not blame them one bit as he is a dangerous felon who is known to resist and whose street name is "Savage".
    RIP Officer Matlosz, you will never be forgotten my brother. May God Bless and watch over his family in this tragic time.

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    over 3 years ago

    Thanks Reverend. I know it is unpredictable out there.
    I moved my outrage to my comment wall
    and left my prayer below.
    Please be careful out there.

    Lord, please Take Up the young soul of Patrolman Christopher Matlosz.
    I know that You Needed his help beyond this earth.
    Please Render Your Swift and Fitting Justice to the person that took his life
    and send strength and comfort to his loved ones and his fellow officers.
    Almighty God; amen.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Officer. LASecurity, there those out there that just do not care. I have made a few stops and at many points you can leave yourself open. You try hard not to, but it happens. I to am not sure of the Officers movements, but I have been surprised by some that you do not expect to react that way. Domestic Violience situation. One minute calm the next you and your partner are in full combat.AT this point it is about the Family and their recovery.

  • Bdulrge7old_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Patrolman Matlosz. Prayers for the family and department, and catch the scumbag who did this.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. Brother.
    I hope the scum bag gets some lead poisoning... SOON.

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother my heart bleeds bue today and everyday until your killer is caught and justice served.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace, Officer Matlosz

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