Accused killer shot dead after 4-hour Woodbridge standoff
A man who held off police in Woodbridge for four hours Monday after being accused of fatally stabbing a woman and critically injuring a man in Old Bridge died after being shot by officers.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey in a statement Tuesday said Rodney Jencsik died on Tuesday morning at Robert Wood University Hospital. He was shot twice by police at the end of a four-hour standoff in the Avandel section of Woodbridge Monday night.
Jencsik allegedly stabbed Dina Marie Heil, 46, and a man at a home on Englishtown Road in Old Bridge late Monday afternoon. Heil later died from her wounds while the man, whose name police have not disclosed, remained hospitalized Tuesday.
Authorities have also not commented on Jencsik's relationship to Heil and the man, or the motivation for the stabbing.
Woodbridge and Old Bridge police put out an alert for Jencsik, who was tracked to a mobile home on Freddie Avenue, which was surrounded by members of the Woodbridge Police Department and the Woodbridge Police Department Special Operations Team in an attempt to convince Jencsik to surrender.
"When Jencsik eventually emerged in the doorway of the house, he was brandishing what appeared to be a gun and was shot by police," Carey said in the statement.
He didn't clarify why the item was only described as "what appeared to be a gun."
Jencsik was shot at 7:30 p.m., and was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead at about 8:30 p.m., the prosecutor's office said.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General are investigating. Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-3300.