Lakewood Cop Shooting Suspect Arrested In Camden

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police arrested the man suspected of gunning down a Lakewood, New Jersey police officer early Sunday morning.

Jahmell Crokam, 19, is accused of pulling a gun and repeatedly shooting Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, leaving him to die in the hospital less than an hour later.  He was arrested Sunday morning by a SWAT team in the bedroom of a Camden apartment.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan on whether the suspect may have had a gang affiliation

Just over 38 hours after Matlosz was gunned down, a 15-member task force of State Police and U.S. Marshal’s officers surrounded an apartment where a tipster told police they could find Crokam.

“We were able to get consent for entry, and it was over very quickly,”‘ said State Police Major Edward Cetnar. “He was upstairs in the bedroom.”

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola on how authorities were able to track down the suspect

Ten of the officers raced into the apartment and quickly arrested Crockam at 6:30 a.m., who did not put up any resistance. He did not seem surprised that authorities had tracked him down, Cetnar said.

“He was very quiet,” Cetnar said.

“This concludes a massive effort by law enforcement to apprehend a person we feel is responsible for the death of Officer Matlosz,” Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

“It is not a time of celebration, but it is some small solice to the family of Officer Matlosz,” Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson told reporters including 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.

Crokam was already charged with murder and weapons possession before being caught.

The shooting happened next to a snowbank, marked with flowers, in the 1500 block of August Drive in Lakewood. The scene was surrounded by police for hours Friday night.

It’s where Matlosz, while on neighborhood patrol, stopped Crokam on foot and was shot multiple times.

Candles and roses were laid at the officer’s home in Toms River. Christopher Matlosz, 27, was shot down on a routine traffic stop, steps away from one neighbor’s door, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.

“I heard the shots. I didn’t know what they were. I never heard shots before,” one witness said. “He wasn’t moving. I saw that his eyes were closed and I was just assuming he was dead.”

Officer Matlosz was engaged to be married. His grieving fiance was supported by family and friends. She said in a statement that “Chris was my best friend and soulmate….my life and my world… He just lost his father and now it brings me some peace to know that he is with him.”

“He asked me to be his best man not too long ago for his wedding,” said Edgardo Vega, Matlosz’ best friend.

Lakewood Officer Chase Messer explained that the loss of Matlosz was “devastating for the whole department, and most of the community. He was very well liked.”

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  • sherri sue

    J.c should be a man and admit what he did dont behind gangs and gun because of him alot of people have alot of losses including his family. he deserve the worst and i hope he gets it

  • bonnieandjohn


  • Kam

    yep , they shouldn’t take him in alive , i wouldn’t . I live in Lakewood and im shocked how dangerous my town is getting , i need to get a gun permit , to protect my family. and how not to be racist ? a black man killed an innocent person again .

    • butt naked

      its just 1 person come on

      • ohwell williams

        white people beat black people all the time DO YOUR RESEARCH



  • David Flores

    laws in this country too lenient, so much money and resources will be spent on this cop killer for what?? 3 hots and a cot, gym,dental, medical, tv etc. we need swift and merciless justice. the bible says and eye for an eye, nuff said

  • Why Shaggy

    Rev. Al where are you?????????????
    the brother did’nt do it he was set up
    his mama dropped him when he was a baby
    he did not know what he was doing
    the gun went off by mistake 3 times

  • Eater-X

    Too bad he didn’t try to shoot it out with authorities so that he could’ve had his miserable ugly mug blown away.

  • white guy

    yer name is TOBY. I want ya to say yer name.

  • pogo the clown

    Any charges for aiding and abetting for the person who was hiding him?

  • Fritz

    Just in time to honor his hero, Dr. King. SAVAGE !!! That’s his nickname by the way, SAVAGE. Maybe if his pappy had been around for more than a quick blast into the brood sow he called Momma, he would have been raised a human. Then again, Momma took off too, leaving poor dumb grandma to do the job. SAVAGE.

  • Ellen

    Thank God. Thank God. Hope this will bring some satisfaction to the family of the murdered Police Officer.

  • captbillsgirl

    congrats to the joint law enforcement teams for getting this skel. the reward money should be divided up between officer malosz’ family and the departments involved in making the arrest widows & orphans fund. the skel deserves nothing but the worst our imaginations can muster. stay away al, stay far far away. thanks to the judge for setting bail at 5million. justice for the victim. rest in peace officer malosz, my sincere condolences to his family from an extended member of the long blue line.

  • pizzaman316

    just bust a cap in his head

  • C. Martinez

    Agreed…but I’d rather not waste the money on medical bills. Just do a quick 3 day trial and then take him out back and ‘dispose’ of him. Buck shot is cheap.

  • Born in New Jersey

    I wonder why we have heard a peep from Big Al Sharpton & his roving band of loud mouths. I’m sorry, I forgot no money to be made here for the boys. No comment from the Crokam “Family.” A class act indeed.

  • friend of all cops

    they should torture the cop killer to a inch away from death. bring him back to full health and torture again.

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