Attorney General: New Jersey state trooper shot and killed man at Molly Pitcher service area

Someone was shot and killed at the entrance of the Molly Pitcher service area.

Someone was shot and killed at the entrance of the Molly Pitcher service area. (3/31/17)

CRANBURY - An undercover narcotics investigation led to Thursday's fatal police-involved shooting at the Molly Pitcher Service Area along the New Jersey Turnpike, the state attorney general says.

A undercover trooper saw Christopher Pizzichetta, of Lewes, Delaware, parked in his pickup truck and allegedly shooting up heroin around 2:45 p.m.

Police tried to detain Pizzichetta, but they say he stepped on the gas and drove straight toward the trooper, who opened fire and killed him.  The truck subsequently crashed into a wall.

Police found a syringe and several glassine envelopes containing what they suspect to be heroin inside the truck. None of the troopers were injured.

The state attorney general's office is investigating the use of deadly force. The name of the trooper who shot and killed Pizzichetta has not yet been released.

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