Man Fatally Shot By SWAT Officers In Atlantic County Identified

VENTNOR, NJ (CBS) — Authorities have identified the man fatally shot by members of the Atlantic County Emergency Response Team in Ventnor, New Jersey Monday night.

The Attorney General says 49-year-old John H. Fetter was shot and killed around 7:39 p.m. outside of his residence on the 700 block of North Burghley Avenue.

Authorities say the events leading to the shooting began earlier in the day when Fetter allegedly threatened his father with a shotgun.

Officials say that altercation resulted in the father grabbing the shotgun and tussling with his son.

At that time, a call was placed from the residence to the non-emergency police line for the Ventnor Police Department, but the call was ended before police established communication.

Officers proceeded to the home to investigate.

Shortly thereafter, a 911 call was placed and yelling could be heard in the background.

Officers arrived to the home around 6:22 p.m. and authorities says shots were heard from inside.

Police established a perimeter and were able to remove Fetter’s parents to safety.

Authorities say as the Atlantic County Emergency Response Team arrived, shots were fired out of the residence, striking a home across the street.

During the standoff, authorities say they tried unsuccessfully to get Fetter to surrender peacefully.

Authorities say at 7:38 p.m., Fetter exited the home, stood on the porch and pointed a handgun at members of the SWAT team.

Officials say a single shot was heard, after which multiple shots were fired at Fetter by SWAT team officers.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A.22-caliber handgun allegedly wielded by Fetter was recovered.

The investigation is ongoing.

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