Man charged in killing of Lakewood officer appears before judge

The man accused of gunning down a Lakewood police officer in the line of duty made his first appearance in court today.Jahmell Crockam is charged

TOMS RIVER - The man accused of gunning down a Lakewood police officer in the line of duty made his first appearance in court today.

Jahmell Crockam is charged with murder and weapons offenses in the death of 27-year-old Patrolman Christopher Matlosz on Friday.

Crockman was arrested Sunday at an apartment complex in Camden after a statewide manhunt. The motive for the deadly shooting remains unclear.

Authorities said Matlosz and the teen were speaking when Crockam suddenly pulled a gun and fired three shots at the officer.

Crockam was wanted for possession of an illegal rifle and hollow-point bullets at the time, according to authorities. It's unclear whether the officer knew that.

The slain officer's fiancee, mother and more than a thousand community members and police officers attended a candlelight vigil last night in Lakewood in honor of Matlosz.

Vigil held for Patrolman Christopher MatloszSuspect arrested in death of Lakewood patrolman Full news conference on fatal shooting of Lakewood police officer

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