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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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    oakley

    over 3 years ago

    1152 Comments

    My condolences to the family and co-workers of Officer Matlosz. R.I.P.

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    PGPD911

    over 3 years ago

    6672 Comments

    My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Matlosz, thank you for your service... Rest in peace Sir

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7638 Comments

    RIP, Brother.

    I really hope they find the coward responsible for this!! May justice be swift!!!

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    bsears

    over 3 years ago

    9620 Comments

    RIP

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    LanaNJ

    over 3 years ago

    6962 Comments

    Bump 184Retired.
    RIP Officer.....

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    184retired

    over 3 years ago

    3806 Comments

    RIP officer, why is this crap not hitting the national news?? It has been a war zone so far this year..

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Thanks for your dedicated and faithful service,my brother.May his loved ones be comforted through this ordeal.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

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    lasr24

    over 3 years ago

    8584 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Matlosz, my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family

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    Charlie10

    over 3 years ago

    732 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother!

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10636 Comments

    RIP Officer Christopher Matlosz.

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    ExplorerFL835

    over 3 years ago

    370 Comments

    R.I.P Officer Matlosz

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50920 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Matlosz. Thank you for your service.

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    secora70

    over 3 years ago

    194 Comments

    RIP Officer Christopher Matlosz. I'm saddened anytime we lose an LEO however, this one lived only 30 minutes from me. So sad. God Bless his family and fellow officers.

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