Police Officer Christopher Matlosz Lakewood Police Department New Jersey End of Watch: Friday, January 14, 2011

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Police Officer Christopher Matlosz
Lakewood Police Department
New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, January 14, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 317

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, January 14, 2011
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: At large

Police Officer Chris Matlosz was shot and killed by a man he had stopped to talk to on August Drive at approximately 4:00 pm.
Officer Matlosz was on patrol when he stopped his patrol car to speak with a man walking along the road. As they spoke, the male took one step back, drew a handgun and shot Officer Matlosz three times, killing him.
The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.
Officer Matlosz had served with the Lakewood Police Department for five years. He had previously served with the Englishtown Police Department for two years and had also served as a special police officer with the Freehold Township Police Department, Long Branch Police Department and Manasquan Police Department.
He is survived by his fiancee, mother, and brother.

 

A manhunt was underway on Saturday in New Jersey for a suspect who fatally shot a police officer during what authorities described as a routine conversation with a pedestrian.

Lakewood Township Police Officer Christopher Matlosz was patrolling on Friday afternoon when he began talking to Jahmell Crockam, 19, who was walking in the neighborhood.

As the officer was questioning him, Crockam stepped back, pulled out a handgun and shot the officer three times, police said.

Officer Matlosz, who had been a police officer in Lakewood since August 2006, was engaged to be married and was still in his first week of working evenings for the department after having worked the overnight shift for several years. He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and was pronounced dead at 4:57 p.m. His fiancée was there with him.

"Chris was one of our most popular officers," Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson said during the conference. "You might say he was the best of us."

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2 Responses to “Police Officer Christopher Matlosz Lakewood Police Department New Jersey End of Watch: Friday, January 14, 2011”


  1. 1 David January 18, 2011 at 10:05

    To All members of the Lakewood police Dept.,

    For nearly 30 years this poem has hung in my home. I would like to share it with you in memory of your brother officer.

    The Final Inspection
    “Author Unknown”

    THE POLICEMAN STOOD AND FACED HIS GOD,
    WHICH ALWAYS MUST COME TO PASS.
    HE HOPED HIS SHOES WERE SHINING.
    JUST AS BRIGHTLY AS HIS BRASS.

    “STEP FORWARD NOW, POLICEMAN.
    HOW SHALL I DEAL WITH YOU?
    HAVE YOU ALWAYS TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK?
    TO MY CHURCH HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN TRUE?”

    THE POLICEMAN SQUARED HIS SHOULDERS AND SAID,
    “NO LORD, I GUESS I AIN’T,
    BECAUSE THOSE OF US WHO CARRY BADGES
    CAN’T ALWAYS BE A SAINT.

    I’VE HAD TO WORK MOST SUNDAYS,
    AND AT TIMES MY TALK HAS BEEN ROUGH,
    AND SOMETIMES I’VE BEEN VIOLENT,
    BECAUSE THE STREETS ARE AWFULLY TOUGH.

    BUT I NEVER TOOK A PENNY,
    THAT WASN’T MINE TO KEEP…..
    THOUGH I WORKED A LOT OF OVERTIME,
    WHEN THE BILLS GOT TOO STEEP.

    AND I NEVER PASSED A CRY FOR HELP.
    THOUGH AT TIMES I SHOOK WITH FEAR.
    AND SOMETIMES, GOD FORGIVE ME,
    I’VE WEPT UNMANLY TEARS.

    I KNOW I DON’T DESERVE A PLACE
    AMONG THE PEOPLE HERE.
    THEY NEVER WANTED ME AROUND
    EXCEPT TO CALM THEIR FEAR.

    IF YOU’VE A PLACE FOR ME HERE, LORD,
    IT NEEDN’T BE SO GRAND.
    I NEVER EXPECTED OR HAD TOO MUCH,
    BUT IF YOU DON’T…I’LL UNDERSTAND.

    THERE WAS SILENCE ALL AROUND THE THRONE
    WHERE THE SAINTS HAD OFTEN TROD.
    AS THE POLICEMAN WAITED QUIETLY,
    FOR THE JUDGMENT OF HIS GOD.

    “STEP FORWARD NOW, POLICEMAN,
    YOU’VE BORNE YOUR BURDENS WELL.
    CAME WALK A BEAT ON HEAVEN’S STREETS,
    YOU’VE DONE YOUR TIME IN HELL.”

    With the sincerest condolences for your fallen brother and the loss of a comrade for all of us who serve.

    David Locke, Retired
    Maine State Police
    Sgt, K9, Tactical Team

    Langhorne, PA


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