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Suspect Is Charged in Killing of New Jersey Cop

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Does NJ have executions? What a tragedy for his family. What was in the perp's mind that he felt he needed to pull his illegal hand gun?

Suspect Is Charged in Killing of New Jersey Officer
Published: January 15, 2011
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Even as the authorities expanded their search for a man wanted in the killing of a police officer in this central New Jersey town, charges were filed against the suspect on Saturday.

Marlene Lynch Ford, the Ocean County prosecutor, warned that the suspect, Jahmell W. Crockam, 19, "is at large and the public is advised he is dangerous."

The State Policeman's Benevolent Association was offering up to $117,000 for information leading to the capture of Mr. Crockam, who was charged with murder and possession of a firearm.

The officer, Christopher Matlosz, 27, was shot in the head on Friday afternoon after he stopped a pedestrian for questioning on August Drive.

Officer Matlosz was pronounced dead just before 5 p.m. at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Ms. Ford also said her office had charged Mr. Crockam, who lives in Lakewood, with possession of a rifle and hollow-point bullets on Dec. 29 and set his bail at $150,000.

According to Ms. Ford, Mr. Crockam went by the nickname "Sav," short for "Savage."

A group of young men who live in a townhouse development near the scene of the shooting said that Mr. Crockam had earned his nickname.

"He's a real rough guy," said one young man who declined to give his name. "Real rough."

As an extensive manhunt in Lakewood continued, Ms. Ford said her office had contacted law enforcement agencies up and down the East Coast.

She added that Mr. Crockam was the only suspect and that it was not believed that anyone had helped him elude the police.

A 39-year-old man who said he had witnessed the shooting described how Officer Matlosz pulled up alongside a pedestrian wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. The witness said the officer remained in his patrol car and the two spoke briefly before the pedestrian drew a gun and fired point-blank.

"It was a normal conversation, and the man just shot the officer," said the man, who declined to give his name.

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Suspect arrested in killing of N.J. officer

January 16th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the killing of a Lakewood, New Jersey, police officer, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Jahmell Crockam has been charged with murder and the illegal possession of a firearm, according to Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford.

Police officer Christopher Matlosz was sitting in his patrol car when the shooting occurred Friday, Ford said.

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Personally I dont know why this skell was taken alive.
I sure wouldn't blame them if he wasn't. I'm sure they didn't want to.
NESROK said:
Personally I dont know why this skell was taken alive.
That must have been one brutal ride to the station I bet.

"Yeah Sarge, he resisted a little so we had to subdue him.......a little (wink wink)."
NESROK said:
Personally I dont know why this skell was taken alive.
Maybe he was arrested by good cops doing their duty and respecting the law- and the rights of suspects. Remember he has not been tried yet and the only evidence listed is one witness- we know witnesses have been wrong before.

Hopefully this will be sorted lawfully at a fair trial and if convicted he will be sentenced accordingly. Sadly, it won't bring back the dead cop.
no matter what, you have to show restraint. You can't let personal feelings get in the way of doing your duty.  It isn't the movies.  Slapping him around or doing anything worse would shorten the officers career and might possibly help get him acquitted.  Being an LEO doesn't give one the right to go outside the law.  We are Law Enforcement officers, not above the law enforcement officers.  Anyone who says different needs to turn in there badge and chase shoplifters at a big box store.  No matter what I think or feel I have to abide by the law.  That is it.  No excuses.  
Nope !!! That Chicken Chit Governor banned it Believe it or not the big Anti Gun Mavin in joisey Frank Lautenberg tried to get them to reinstate the Death Penalty but Gov. Corruptazine said no  
This is the kind of person animal, that when in prison needs to be in isolation and swift trial. Death Sentence should be MANDATORY and should be carried out withing hours of his conviction.
However this will be drawn out for years and appeals ad nauseum.
This guy will just thrive in jail for the rest of his life.
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