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Suspect In Custody In Fatal Shooting Of NJ Police Officer

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect Sunday morning in the fatal shooting of a New Jersey police officer, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Jahmell W. Crockam is accused of shooting Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz Friday afternoon after the officer drove up to him and began to question him.
He was arrested in a Camden apartment without incident at 6:30 a.m. by State Police and a fugitive task force from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford.

She said detectives got information that Crockam had fled to Camden and was hiding in a unit of the Crestbury Apartments on South 8th Street. Officers raided the apartment and took him into custody.

“This concludes a massive effort by law enforcement to apprehend a person we feel is responsible for the death of Officer Matlosz,” Ford said. “The arrest of this suspect now allows the Lakewood Police Department and the family and friends of Officer Matlosz an opportunity to grieve, to give tribute to their colleague, friend and loved one.”

State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said all law enforcement officers were affected by the killing.

“There’s no joy in catching an accused cop killer, only the satisfaction of knowing that no one rested until the job was done,” he said. Crockam was charged Saturday with murder and weapons offenses.

The suspect had already been returned to Lakewood, where he was being held Sunday morning. He is expected to be brought before a judge on Tuesday. A judge has already set bail for him at $5 million, with no opportunity to post 10 percent of that amount in cash to gain his release.

“Our thoughts first and foremost are for the officer’s family; hopefully this will let the healing begin,” said Deputy Mayor Steven Langert. “It was an atrocious crime. Anytime you have a crime of this magnitude, it’s a shock to every civilized person out there.

“We’re all grateful he was arrested as quickly as he was,” Langert said. “Life will be changed forever for the officer’s family, and for all of Lakewood. We need to feel that for each other.”

The prosecutor also credited tips from the public with helping locate the suspect.

Crockam, whose street name is “Sav,” — short for “Savage” — had fled to Camden, a poor city on the opposite side of the state, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. A dragnet encompassing at least three states and more than 100 officers had been searching for him since the shooting Friday at 4 p.m.

Anthony Wieners, president of the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, praised the officers who investigated the crime and helped with the arrest.
” would like to thank all the members of law enforcement who tracked this cop killer down,” he said. “Your tireless hours and pursuit of this ruthless killer makes all of society a little safer today. There is no place he could hide that we would not find him, and your efforts prove that true.”

Authorities have said 27-year-old Matlosz drove up to Crockam as Crockam was walking and began speaking with him in a non-confrontational manner when the suspect suddenly stepped back, pulled out a handgun and shot the officer three times.

The suspect fled on foot, touching off a massive house-to-house search that involved armored vehicles, officers clad in body armor, teams of search dogs and helicopters.

Crockam had been a fugitive since December 29, when the prosecutor’s office obtained an arrest warrant for him on charges of possessing an illegal rifle and hollow-point bullets. It was not immediately clear whether Matlosz knew of the arrest warrant or whether that was why he approached Crockam and began talking to him Friday afternoon.

Matlosz had been on the Lakewood police force for four years, and was engaged to be married next year.

His fiancee, Kelly Walsifer, issued a statement expressing her devastation over Matlosz’s death, which came about four months after the death of his father.
“Chris was my best friend and soul mate. We did everything together. In the last 4 years, we both lived our life to the fullest,” the statement said. “He was my life and my world. He made me laugh, he made others laugh, and we have been surrounded by the best of friends and co-workers throughout our time together.”

The statement continued: “He just lost his father and now it brings me some peace to know that he is with him.”

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  1. HARRY says:

    he should have been dealt with at the scene of his arrest DEATH PENALTY STREET STYLE

  2. DEAR MR LEON says:

    YOU COULD BE RIGHT SIR, STILL, WHENEVER I SEE YMB, ESPECIALLY MORE THAN 1 ON THE STREET, AT NIGHT, IM ESPECIALLY WATCHFUL

    ITS NOT THE CHINESE, MEXICANS, ITALIANS, ESKIMOS, OR WESTERN AFRICAN
    BLACK MEN WHO I WORRY ABOUT,,, ITS ABOUT THE MENTALITY OF AFRO AMERICAN YOUNG MALES. ALL I NEED TO READ IS OF THE TRUANCY RATES
    IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE ONE WAY TO BOOTSTRAP YOUR LIFE OUT OF THE
    TRASH HEAP. ENOUGH OF THE WHITE BLAME, THATS BEEN GOING ON
    FOR 40 YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE FOREVER.. WE ARE JUST TIRED OF THE
    VIOLENCE, ARE YOU ??????

  3. teach love says:

    This isn’t about race … funny how nearly all cop killers are apprehended bet the rates of catching murders of average folks falls woefully short….

  4. Spartacus says:

    I will pay $1000.00 for tickets to a Crockam, Mumia double hanging. Kill them all !!!

    1. HARRY says:

      I LL PAY $ 2000.00

  5. James Kirwin says:

    Another policeman dies..and all the usual suspects.

  6. shoreboater says:

    Maybe thats a bit extreme. Have his trial first then kill him. Leon ,why is this about race. They should do the same with anyone who does that

    1. Guess Who says:

      It’s about race because every recent cop killing has been black-on-white. Do you get it yet?

  7. Leon says:

    OhOh This type of thing always brings out the RASCIST, WHITETRASH AND SKINHEADS. What an ignorant comment. Don’t even have the guts tto use his/her name.

  8. Alex says:

    Thanks to GANG LOVING WHIMPS in the NJ Legislature, there is NO DEATH PENALTY. I DEFY these COWARDS to explain to family of our slain officer WHY the human EXCREMENT known as Jahmell Crockam should be allowed to live a life of COMFORT in prison!

    Think about it folks: The human EXCREMENT known as Jahmell Crockam will be able to get FREE COLLEGE, FREE WEIGHT TRAINING, FREE FOOD and FREE MEDICAL CARE for murdering our officer!

  9. nickm says:

    There should be an aotumatic death sentence for anyone shooying a police officer iIf found guilty . No appeals, no nothing .

    1. zkatlinda says:

      I’m with you. As soon as he is convicted he should be sentenced to death. And that sentence should be carried out swiftly.

    2. LOUIE says:

      THAT LAW SHOULD BE DONE BY OUR FEDREAL GOVERMENT AUTOMATIC DEATH SENTENCE FOR ANY ONE KILLING A POLICE OFFICER WHY SHOULD TAX PAYER SUPPORT COP KILLERS IN JAIL THEY ARE OUT THERE PUTTING THIER LIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT US TAX PAYERS FRIOM THESE ANIMALS AND THEN WE KEEP THEM IN PRISONS KILL EM ALL

  10. TheInvestigator says:

    Carolyn..if you read my post correctly…there was no disrespect toward the deceased officer. It was toward the suspect. it would be in your best interest not to judge another post if you are ignorant to its meaning.

  11. Alex says:

    The PIECE OF HUMAN DEFACATION, Jahmell W. Crockam has been CAPTURED. Try him as a TERRORIST under the PATRIOT ACT. CONVICT HIM. EXECUTE HIM. Send his family an invoice for the bullet.

  12. Alex says:

    The NY Post is reporting the “Bloods” announced they put a bounty on police officer’s heads. Hey gang-bangers: I suggest you stand down. You animals.

  13. Carolyn says:

    The Investigator’s callous demeanor toward the deceased officer portrays him as one who may have had a run in with police at some point in his past…

  14. Dave Brown says:

    The killers family definately knows where he is. They won’t give him up to police. It will their fault when the police find him and kill him.

    1. TYRONE says:

      THE POLICE SHOLD HAVE KILLED him WHERE THEY FOUND HIM !!!!!~ HOW ABOUT THE POLICE OFFICERS FAMILY WHOS FAULT IS IT THAT HE IS DEAD???? YOU SOUND LIKE OUR NJ Legislatures a bunch of horses aSS.S

  15. TheInvestigator says:

    Arent most cop killers, no regard for human life.

  16. Big Al says:

    6abc.com is reporting the shooter as a black male.

  17. jiminvld says:

    when will people learn !!1 ton ight a mother ,wife , children , and community cry!

  18. newsaddict says:

    i just heard one Channel 5 news that the officer died. What a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are for the family and loved ones.

  19. udontneedtoknow says:

    I live in this area and there are at least 8 helicopters hovering over the area

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