Police Officer Shot Dead In Lakewood, N.J.

Outrage Follows Execution-Style Killing Of Christopher Matlosz

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS 2/ AP) — A Lakewood police officer was shot to death in the line of duty during an incident on August Drive on Friday afternoon.

Authorities have identified the officer as Patrolman Christopher Matlosz. He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he later died.

On Friday night there was shock, fear and determination to find a cop killer following the execution-style killing, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“This is a terrible tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to Officer Matlosz’s family, friends, fellow officers and the entire New Jersey law enforcement community,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “While the facts are still being gathered, we support the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in their work to bring swift justice to whomever is responsible.”

Police said the 27-year-old officer was alone in his patrol car conducting a routine stop on August Drive near Joe Parker Boulevard and did not even get out of his car when questioning the man who killed him.

“Just a question and answer type of thing that the individual stepped back at one point and suddenly pulled out a handgun, a weapon and shot the officer three times,” Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

Officer Matlosz had no time to get his own gun out of the holster.

As he was dying in the driver’s seat he was in communication with dispatch. Help arrived quickly but not quickly enough and he was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

“Officer Matlosz was engaged to be married. The fiancée was at the hospital,” Lynch Ford said. “Every year we lose police officers in this country and so many of their losses are just like this one: routine, nonviolent situations” that suddenly turn deadly. Now it hits home. This is the risk every officer takes when he put on the badge.”

Officers from local and state police were swarming the neighborhood and several helicopters were swooping low over homes and trees in the area. State Attorney General Paula Dow promised the killer would be caught.

“I am deeply saddened to learn about the fatal shooting of Lakewood police Officer Chris Matlosz, who lost his life in the line of duty this evening,” Dow said. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest assured, the suspect responsible for this horrific act will be apprehended and brought to justice.”

The suspect is described as black male in his early 20s with a stocky build.  He wore a black hoodie that covered his head, but witnesses said they could see puffy cheeks and sunken eyes. He wore dark colored pants, baggy and worn low so grey boxer shorts were visible.

Police believe he fled on foot into nearby woods and said the gun has not been recovered. Cops spent Friday night searching for surveillance camera video, and to see if the officer’s dashboard camera was on and recording.

It was a nervous night for neighbors in the area.

“Nothing I can do but look out the door and see those flashing lights. Thank God they are there,” resident Chris Whalen said.

The hunt is massive and the reward substantial. The New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association put up a $40,000 reward to help get someone to come forward with info to catch the killer.

Officer Matosz joined the Lakewood Police Department is August 2006, working midnight shifts until one week ago when he started evening patrols.

“Chris was one of our most popular officers. He was proactive. You might say he was the best of us,” Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson said.

Before joining the Lakewood Police Department, Matlosz worked as a police officer in Englishtown, a Monmouth County suburb, and as a Class 2 special police officer in Freehold Township, Manasquan and Long Branch on the Jersey shore.

He graduated from Howell Township High School and earned his degree in criminal justice from Brookdale College in 2004.

His death was the second shooting incident involving a Lakewood police officer in recent years.

In September 2009, another Lakewood police officer, Patrolman Jonathan Wilson, was critically wounded when he was shot in the face during a gun and drug raid that resulted in a gun battle. Three other officers were shot but received lesser injuries.

A suspect in that case faces attempted murder charges.

  • robert dionne

    Please Please let the black patarole the black hood.Leave them alone for a while..They will come begging you officers to come back to the HOOD.The uneducaded in the hood know no better and are prayed upon by these sick panthers and others.The uneducaded population of the hood ,just do not get it….never will…God bless the offerers familyWe have lost 3 in less then 1 month in st pete fl.

  • Don cauthon

    End of Watch. Ck it out jukeboxalive.com/rogue. Scroll down to you see it

  • stacy

    As the wife of a police officer, I am offended and horrified by the disgusting comments made by criminals who obviously have a reason to hate men and women police officers out doing their jobs. These men and women go out everyday and protect the community from disgusting barbarians who have no regard for order or human life. They confront the most horrible members of society on a regular basis, earning the living they make. HOW DARE you say they chose an “easy living.” It’s thanks to people like you that they are in danger every moment of everyday!!! The next time your family has an emergency, call a plumber, since you think the police are good for nothing. See how much knowledge and strength under pressure the average joe will have for you.

    To Officer Matlosz’s family, friends and Department, my husband and I mourne with you. this was a senseless loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • Donald cauthon

      Hey. I’m just a singer/songwriter but I wrote a tribute
      Please ck it out at jukeboxalive.com/rogueatdy
      Just scroll down to “end of watch”

  • Karen

    Jose – YOU ARE A MORON!!! Please tell me,. where were you when this your cop was questioning something that didn’t look right? You were home with your family!!
    I am going to assume that with a comment like that, that you are not only incompetent enough to be a cop but you also lack the bravery & heroism that is required. You are trash, and your record probably reflects that. However, thanks to losers like you, there will always be a need for cops!

    • jeff

      I guess when you see a black man wearing baggy pants and a hoodie something don’t look right.

  • will

    Jose you are a piece of trash that probably has a criminal history a mile long.

  • http://newyork.cbslocal.com marly

    people die every day in violence. its sad dat his day came but im sure those lakewood cops have a plan for the inicent people of that town dat resemble the killer. lets talk bout de hate goin threw them cops and what they plan on doin. cops kill the inicent everyday. i hope u cops keep everything legal and respectful. peace and blessins to de victoms family.

  • marshall

    sgaron its comments like that that keep racism alive and well you are an embarrassment to the human race let along the afro american race

  • Howard Sprague

    What a horrible, tasteless, racist statement to make Sharon. Shame on you. Condolences to the family and fellow officers of the murdered Police Officer. May he rest in peace. Let’s hope that the murderer is captured quickly and gets punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    • sharon


  • Ed

    At first glance the photo of the slain officer superimposed on your picture of the death scene appears frighteningly like that of the Tucson shooter. And that leads me to ask you anti-black bigots how you had reacted when that crazy white man seriously wounded the congresswoman and killed six others? Where are your consciences? It’s not always about race. There are just too many nuts with guns out there. Be careful. Incidentally, I happen to be white.

    • vincent

      I couldn’t agree with you more. It is a terrible way to sell a story – inciting, and shows no dignity. It disgusts me also.

  • frankie

    to all who put NEGATIVE comments, just listen to urselves, I cant beleive u would write shomething like this,, o thats right u can hide behind ur screen name ,, wite something neg, then type ur real name and phone # see how thoug u are then,,,

    • Sharon


      • stacy

        You’re the reason that this world is going to hell. YOu condone MURDER??? oh yeah, let’s just let that “boy” go back out into society so that he can continue his initiation into his gang and then go out and kill more people. Maybe when he commits murder against a non-uniformed victim of his own race, you’ll see the light. I’m disgusted that you used the phrase “he asked for it” REALLY? You think anyone asks to be executed because of the career they chose so that some derelict can become part of a malicious uneducated gang of ANIMALS!!!! You’re pathetic.

  • peggie

    Mr. Yawker, the plant. Get attune with the world around you, then go round the world if you can afford it, to know how beautiful the world is. Do not forget to ask your teacher which kingdom you belong. Plant or Animal. A murderer is a murderer black, blue, yellow, green pink …………. sad we lost one of us, may his soul rest in peace. Bye white plant.

  • Nemesis xyz

    To the Killer: You are now a FUGITIVE. You had better climb on a spacecraft and head for the Moon. If you stay on Earth they’re going to hunt you down and take you down just like the animal that you are.

    • From the Heights

      Why isn’t this killers’ photo posted???

  • Marcia


    All of you people who are carrying so much “HATE” in your heart, how different are you from the KILLER. Take a good look within.

  • Marcia Miller


    Deepest sympathy to the family, friends and work collegues.
    We live in a very sad world. I pray that God’s light will bring peace into. Amen.

  • Nemesis xyz

    True dat…

  • Dave

    You are sadly mistaken. I am white. White people hate cops too.

  • Nemesis xyz

    To the Killer: You are now a FUGITIVE. You had better climb on a spacecraft and head for the Moon. If you stay on Earth they’re going to hunt you down and take you down just like the animal that you are.

  • Rich

    The comments of the racists in here are proof that there are people who should not have the right to vote in the US. You are sorry exuses for life if you feel like Homie and the rest who commented on this article

  • Homie

    Should have used caution and stepped out of the car. The cop was not a racist since he believed a black guy with a hoodie was not a threat.

    • STACY

      BULL @######

  • P.E.R

    I can’t believe you just posted such a comment about a police officer, a decent human being, killed in the line of duty. He may be ugly to you, but he was engaged to be married, thus he was loved by someone. Can you say that for yourself? Infact I don’t think your loved at all. Live with yourself.

  • Tim

    What do you meant by, “my people?” Just wondering if there are some racial overtones going on here…hmmm!

  • Mark

    I have never seen a country so in love with their guns. There is something wrong with you mentally. You live in a peaceful, developed country yet you are turning it into a war zone. You guys are killing each other on a dialy basis but god forbid someone trying to take away your constitutional right to own a gun. Hmmm I wonder how much you think of your right with a bullet hole in your nugget.

    • Tim

      You say peaceful, developed country, but yet a cop is gunned down by a common criminal for doing his job. I bet my life and my guns that once the slob is caught it will be determined that he did not legally own the weapon he killed the cop with and violated someone elses rights to get it. Remember by using guns we, as Americans, stopped a British dictatorship and don’t have to speak German. Think about it, we are a nation founded on violence, go hug your trees somewhere else.

  • andy rai

    hey a cop is killed thats sad! But we have to keep our guns its our constitutional right!!!! it does not matter how many people die! its about our rights!
    Let the guns flow and the bodies hit the floor! this is america folks

    • juuey

      andy rai, u wouldnt be saying that if it was ur loved one,, or kid shot

  • sahid kay

    it actually un4tunate 4 someone 2 put their lives on d line 4 d safety of d general good and been gun down by someone 4 reasons best known 2 him/her. Rest in peace dear and may d good lord comfort ur family

  • Roman

    He most likely had a warrant out for his arrest and didn’t want to go to prison. Not that it’s an excuse………I’m just saying

  • CapitalPunishment

    Yeah, nice comment. You must be real successful in life. Oh and i’m sure you’re quite the looker. Hope a cop kicks your teeth in.

  • Jay

    Gee…..how did I just happen to guess the color of the perp? What else is new.

  • Jared Taliban Loughner

    Join The Tea Party and get your 72 virgins !

    Praise The Mullahs, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh
    Hannity and Steve Malzberg !

  • unanimou

    Deepest condolence and sympathy to the officers family. And the death penalty serves for Justice more so than deterence. And it does not matter what color he
    is. This person needs to be caught and brought to Justice. We had a mass murderer in Arizona, who was white. America needs to send a clear message when it comes to crimes. Especially Murder.

  • elisa dueschcoo

    one day you will need the aid of a police officer and i hope when that day comes the cop who is supposed to help you stops and says its just a low life loser lets move on..

    • Thomas

      They do….I have experienced first hand. They only started to help after I produced a government military ID.

  • dean

    they should ignite a blockbuster in his mouth, torch him and drop him off a building by his ankles

  • alex

    And Bleeding Hearts in NJ cancelled Death Penalty! Thank you for your concern Mr. and Mrs. Liberal Trash!

    • http://hifiguy197.wordpress.com hifiguy197

      The death penalty is about revenge, not deterrence. Does taking someone’s life make you feel better? Perps think so, too.

      • marshall

        absolutly murders and sex offenders should have to face the death penalty just for the lifes and pain that they cause so many why pay to keep them penned up for 30 40 years waste of tax dollars

  • Peet

    Peace to this officer and condolences to his family and friends. May his killer not see the inside of a cell, but only that of a pine box

  • john

    May God open his arms for him.

  • frankvzappa

    the suspect obviously isnt white

  • ron z

    it’s a tragedy my sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the officer. The comment that someone made about it was reported that it was a black male in his 20’s or teens and someone reported savages is way out of line. It’s a time to bring the community together not divide it.

  • TN Private Criminal Investigator

    So sorry to hear of this tragic event. We pray for the family of this officer and can only hope that God heals their wounds.

  • Ellen

    My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to this Officer and his family, friends, and community. May God grant them peace in their time of sorrow.

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