Cop shoots knife-wielding suspect at NJ mall

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Authorities say a man suspected of shoplifting and armed with a knife was shot and killed by a police officer inside a store at the Woodbridge Center shopping mall after taking a woman hostage.

James O'Neill, a spokesman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, says the man was confronted by mall security in the clothing store about 5 p.m. Thursday because they suspected him of shoplifting.

O'Neill says the man then pulled out a knife and held it to another shopper's throat. A uniformed police officer working at the mall was called and confronted the man. When the man refused several police orders to drop the knife, O'Neill says the officer shot him.

The hostage was not seriously injured.

Authorities have not released the names of the man, the officer, or the hostage.

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