1 dead in police shooting, 2 miles from Howell roadway homicide
FARMINGDALE — A shooting involving a police officer that left one person dead in Monmouth County is under investigation by the state Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal's office said a "civilian sustained fatal injuries" in the shooting on Walnut Street after police were called to the home Friday night.
The police chief in Howell, which helps the State Police provide police services to Farmingdale, said Saturday morning that police were sent to the home about 10:30 p.m. by a man who said that he had been gravely wounded in a stabbing by his brother.
Police said the man, who they had not publicly identified by Saturday afternoon, refused police commands to drop his knife.
"The officer was forced to defend himself along with several other involved parties who were present," Chief Andrew Kudrick said in a written statement. "The officer fired multiple rounds striking the male. Despite the highly emotional scene, the officer immediately began life saving efforts on the male.
"I publicly commend my officer for taking the necessary and immediate action to end the deadly threat he was presented with. Without doubt, he saved additional loss of life"
This is the second death in the area in as many days, although officials confirmed the two were not related.
The Farmingdale shooting took place about 2 miles from the intersection of Route 524 and Hurley Pond Road in Howell where the body of a male was found early Friday morning. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said it was investigating that "suspicious death" as a homicide.
The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January that requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer.