VENTNOR CITY — Atlantic County police on Monday night shot and killed an armed man who had earlier threatened his father and then began firing at police, the state Attorney General's Office said Tuesday.

John H. Fetter, 49, was killed about 7:39 p.m. outside his residence in the 700 block of North Burghley Avenue in this city.

Police were called after Fetter got into a fight with his father and threatened him with a shotgun, police said.

The father grabbed the shotgun in a "tussling with Fetter," state officials said, adding that "yelling could be heard in the background" of a 911 call placed from the home.

When police arrived about 6:22 p.m., shots were fired from the home, striking a house across the street, officials said.

Police said they tried to get Fetter to surrender peacefully, but he came onto the porch and pointed a handgun at the SWAT team. The SWAT team opened fire after hearing a single shot.

Police recovered .22-caliber handgun they said Fetter used.

The Attorney General's Office is investigating the shooting, as they usually do in all shooting cases involving county-wide law enforcement officials.

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