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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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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    @ 184retired. Its been on Foxnews radio and TV all day. And you're right, 2011 is a war zone so far.

    Prayers to our brother's fiance, family and agency.
    RIP brother Matlosz

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    howarduck

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    RIP Brother. We will not rest till your killer is brought to Justice

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    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42984 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    GV71

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    RIP my friend ! for your name has been called . you have work to do in heaven . rest. . . and let us do the work here as you have done .we will find him. .

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4974 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Christopher Matlosz, Thank You for your service, Godspeed Sir
    Hope the POS takes a Dirt Nap....

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    2994 Comments

    RIP BROTHER.....I PRAY THAT THE MUTT IS CAUGHT AND JUSTICE IS SERVED QUICK...

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    BarbMarch58

    over 3 years ago

    114 Comments

    For Patrolman Christopher Matlosz:

    In referring to your dedication to the Lakewood Police Department, Chief Lawson said that “he was the best of us.” When people are thought of like that, so very highly, it’s almost a given that you, too, brought out the best in your fellow officers, your fiancé, your family and friends. This, our esteemed colleague, is dedicated to you:

    You were our strength when we were weak
    You were our voice when we couldn't speak
    You were our eyes when we couldn't see
    You saw the best there was in thee.

    Lifted us up when we couldn't reach
    You gave us faith because you believed
    You see us now from way above
    How much we grew from all your love.

    [With thanks to Celine Dion]

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    Rodmanfl78

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    So sorry for your great loss Lakewood P.D. Rest in Peace Brother Chris.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP

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    fnmurphy

    over 3 years ago

    234 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    wildroot22

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    R.I.P, brother.

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    sgt457

    over 3 years ago

    1202 Comments

    RIP...

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Matlosz

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother, and when they catch this POS I hope justice is swift.

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    BklynsFinest347

    over 3 years ago

    2016 Comments

    RIP Brother. Justice will prevail!!

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