Husband Of Murdered Radio Host April Kauffman Arrested After Standoff

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – The husband of slain New Jersey radio host April Kauffman has been arrested after a search warrant was served at his Egg Harbor Township business and home, Tuesday morning.

FBI and local police agencies executed a search warrant at Dr. James Kauffman’s business in the 4000 block of Ocean Heights Avenue.Search Warrant Executed At Business, Home Of Murdered NJ Radio Host Husband

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Police say Kauffman was armed with a handgun.

“He brandished a weapon, a 9mm Ruger handgun and at that time it was necessary for us to bring in a hostage negotiator,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner.

The standoff lasted approximately 45 min with Dr. Kauffman surrendering peacefully.

He was taken into custody of the Psychiatric Intervention Program for monitoring and is now under arrest.

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Police say Kauffman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law.

James Kauffman

Photo/ Atlantic County Justice Facility

Tyner said Kauffman’s owns guns legally.

“He owns several—I would even say approximately 100 guns legally,” said Tyner.

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The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office wouldn’t say why they had warrants, but would say it was not directly related to the murder case.

Kauffman’s wife, April Kauffman, was found murdered in the home she shared with Kauffman in May 2012. Police say she had been shot multiple times. No one has been charged with her murder. The 47-year-old was a popular radio personality and strong advocate for veterans.

Earlier this year Tyner filed a motion seeking a sample of the husband’s DNA.

“Dr. Kauffman is not a suspect. We would not characterize him as that,” Tyner told KYW Newsradio. “However, we do believe that the requested material is integral to our investigation.”

The judge’s ruling has not been released.

 

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