OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say police fatally shot a New Jersey man after he pointed a handgun at an officer outside his home.

Thirty-four-year-old Todd Wolford of Waretown was shot once in the chest around 9:45 p.m. Thursday and was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later died later at Southern Ocean Medical Center.

Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said Friday that three Ocean Township officers went to the home after a friend of Wolford’s called police and expressed concern for Wolford’s safety. Ford said Wolford was shot when he emerged from the house and aimed the gun at one of the officers.

Ford said the officer who shot Wolford has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by her office and the state Attorney General’s office, which is standard protocol.

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