Trooper shoots man involved in Lake Hopatcong domestic incident
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A man was hospitalized after the Attorney General's office say he was shot resisting arrest by state troopers responding to his home for a domestic violence call.
Attorney General Christopher Porrino said the incident started when the state police were notified of a woman walking on the shoulder of Interstate 80 Sunday night. Porrino said she told police she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend while they were driving on the road and he made her get out of the car. When police responded the reported she had "visible injuries" on her face and body.
After identifying the boyfriend as Matthew Gerndt, 35, troopers were sent to his home on Brady Road at around 11:30 Sunday night, according to Porrino. The police reported Gerndt was initially seen by the troopers on a patio but he went back inside and locked the door after the troopers identified themselves.
The troopers then entered the building and reported Gerndt "charged aggressively" at one of the troopers trying to arrest him. The trooper, according to Porrino, fired two shots at Gerndt striking him once in his lower body. He was taken to Morristown Medical Center for what Porrino described as a "non-life threatening injury."
Porrino said none of the troopers were injured during the incident and that Gerndt was charged with assault and resisting arrest. He will be taken into custody on the charges after he is discharged from the hospital, according to Porrino.
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by the Attorney General's Shooting Response Team.
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