†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office

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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 8, 2012

 

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Man shot at mall

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Woodbridge Police Director Robert Hubner announced that authorities are actively investigating a fatal police shooting this evening at the Woodbridge Center shopping mall.

 

††††††††† Investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office immediately responded to the scene of the 5:15 p.m. shooting, took control of the scene, and is actively investigating the shooting and the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

 

The Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office also notified the state Office of the Attorney General, in accordance with state guidelines.

 

†††††††† While this matter is actively under investigation, the Woodbridge Police Department preliminarily reported that an off-duty Woodbridge police officer, in uniform and working an extra-duty job at the mall, was dispatched to a store at the mall after receiving a report of a disturbance.

 

Woodbridge police further reported that upon the officerís arrival, he observed an individual with a knife. The individual, upon observing the officer, fled, and a foot chase pursued.

 

After a brief pursuit, the suspect grabbed a female shopper and threatened her with a knife, according to the preliminary report by Woodbridge police.

 

Woodbridge police reported that after repeated warnings, the officer fired at the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The woman, whose name is being withheld, was not harmed. The name of the officer is also being withheld at this time.

 

The Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-3300.

 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.