NJ trooper shoots and kills man in pickup truck at Turnpike rest stop
CRANBURY — A New Jersey Turnpike service area was closed on Thursday afternoon after state troopers shot and killed a man in a pickup truck that came to a crashing stop.
The fatal shooting happened at 2:45 p.m. at the Molly Pitcher Service Area service area on the southbound side.
The incident was confirmed later in the afternoon by the state Attorney General's Office, which is tasked with investigating shootings by the State Police.
Troopers were not injured and the man was pronounced dead on the scene.
On Thursday night, the Associated Press reported a body was removed from the service area, but offered no specifics.
Authorities did not release any other details about what happened before the shooting and they did not release the dead man's name.
Earlier in the afternoon, a commuter from Toms River told New Jersey 101.5 that he saw a pickup truck crashed against a wall at the entrance ramp to the service area.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Flynn referred questions to the Attorney General's Office.
Last month, the Attorney General's Office determined that troopers did nothing wrong after they accidentally showed up to the wrong house and fired at an armed 76-year-old man who thought he was defending his home from intruders.
Last fall, a Union County grand jury declined to indict a State Police detective who shot and killed a carjacking suspect in April 2015 in Union Township. Police said the had tried to drive over the cop.
Also last year, a grand jury declined to bring charges against a trooper who fired at fleeing teenagers after they mistakenly knocked on his door after midnight, thinking it was a friend's house.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
Sergio Bichao and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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