The fiance of a slain Lakewood police officer issued a statement today, as donations for catching and prosecuting his cold-blooded killer pushed the reward to $130,000 and a “blue alert” dragnet stretched across several states for a man wanted for questioning in the point-blank shooting.
Kelly Walsifer, who was engaged to marry Lakewood P.O. Christopher Matlosz next year, issued a statement through the local PBA:
“I’m not sure of the words to describe my loss, but Chris was my best friend and soul mate. We did everything together. In the last four years, we both lived our life to the fullest. He was my life and my world. He made me laugh, he made others laugh and we have been surrounded by the best of friends and coworkers throughout our time together. He just lost his father and now it brings me some peace to know that he is with him.”
Law enforcement sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT the primary suspect is Jahmell Crockam, 27, a confirmed member of the Bloods street gang who already was wanted on a warrant for weapons possession, which may account for the shooting. The husky Crockham — 5-foot-9 and 220 pounds — is obviously armed and considered extremely dangerous.
Matlosz, 27, of Toms River, was shot three times during a routine stop in a residential neighborhood around 4 o’clock Friday afternoon. The four-year veteran of the Ocean County department was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, where he was pronounced dead about a half-hour later.
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: “I will never forget the good times we had, and I will make sure that Jake always remembers you and knows what a Super Hero his [dad] was,” Martha Abraham wrote to her husband, Teaneck Police Officer John Abraham Jr., after he was killed in a crash outside headquarters. She will receive honors for him today at New Jersey’s 27th Statewide Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Ocean Grove.
Abraham (l.), Matlosz, Castellano
The first statewide event of its kind conducted in the United States, the service is an often-overwhelming display of love and respect for those public servants who have died in the line of duty. This year’s ceremony promises to be particularly emotional, however.
Also being honored are:
Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz
, executed in his radio car earlier this year by a ruthless gunman …
Christie doesn’t own the debate on public servants’ perks and salaries
And speaking of courage: What words can express the bravery it took for the fiancee of Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz to go before a state Senate committee in Trenton on Monday and explain why the very thought of police layoffs makes her sick to her stomach.
Citing rampant police shootings nationwide — including the killing of a cop from his district, Lakewood Officer Christopher Matlosz — state Sen. Robert Singer (R-Ocean) has introduced legislation reinstating the death penalty in New Jersey for those who kill an officer in the line of duty. READ MORE….
EDITORIAL : It seemed like so much TV sensationalism at the time, but unconfirmed reports now say that authorities have this ex-con in custody in connection with a contract hit on police in retaliation for the arrest of a man charged with the cold-blooded murder of Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz. READ MORE….
Police have confirmed that they arrested 19-year-old gang member Jahmell Crockam, charged with murder in the cold-blooded killing of Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz, in a Camden apartment around 6:30 a.m. today, thanks to tips from the public. READ MORE….
With donations still coming in, the reward for catching and prosecuting the cold-blooded killer of a Lakewood police officer jumped to $130,000, a s police continued a “blue alert” search for a man wanted for questioning in the point-blank shooting . READ MORE….
Police throughout New Jersey and surrounding states are on a “blue alert” lookout for this man, identified late Friday night as the possible gunman in the point-blank killing of a Lakewood police officer.
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