New Details Released In Woodbridge Center Mall Shooting

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities released new details Friday about a suspected shoplifter who was shot and killed by police after they say he took a woman hostage at knifepoint in a crowded New Jersey shopping center.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Woodbridge police said the suspect, 45-year-old Andres Garcia of Paterson, was killed by a single gunshot to the head after Woodbridge Officer Edward Barrett Jr. repeatedly ordered him to drop his weapon.

Authorities say Garcia was shot after he threatened to kill a 62-year-old woman the Woodbridge Center Mall on Thursday.

Garcia was confronted by security after allegedly shoplifting at a clothing store. That’s when officials say he took off toward Sears, grabbed the woman and held a long kitchen knife to her neck.

When Garcia refused to drop the knife, officials say Barrett shot him. The woman was not injured.

Authorities say Garcia had been sought by police since September for violating his parole on a robbery conviction.

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  • Eric

    Where in the article does it say he was an immigrant?
    Yes it’s terrible what happened and it is great that he was put down by logical thinking (anyone would have done what that cop did). But that does not mean all “immigrants” out there are capable of doing the same thing. Get your heads out of your asses and look around, look back at history. Immigrants have been coming to the United States for a better life for a long time. This man and many others like him have come into the United States and obviously do not have the same intentions as those with honest intentions. The word immigrant should not mean “Mexican” or that of any other hispanic/latino descent. Immigration should be kept in check but it should not turn into something racist.

  • Paul

    America needs to get rid of the garbage that keeps entering this country!

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  • White hooded

    Anyone who thinks that immigration is a good thing needs to read about what this animal did. deport they’ll!

  • NJ Mom

    I he wanted to die by cop he would not have grabbed a 62 year old woman and used her as a human shield. He was a piece of crap and deserved what he got. Officer Barrett you are a hero!

  • shoot2kill

    he shoots he scores

  • speaksthe truth

    So where are the cop bashers now, Just as I said in my earlier posts,wait until we find out about the perp,before calling this shooting unjustified………….He’s was cnvicted Robber with a parole warrant,at the time he was killed

  • Doug

    Goal granted and we don’t have to pay 65k a year to house him.

  • Big Nards

    He wanted to die by cop.

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