HOWELL - Hundreds attended a wake for Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz tonight at the Lakewood Funeral Home in Howell.

Police officers, friends, family and community members came to pay their respects to Matlosz, who was killed in the line of duty.

Dozens of law enforcement officers were on hand yesterday when the man accused of gunning down the 27-year-old made his first court appearance in Toms River.

Jahmell Crockam was represented by a public defender, who said the 19-year-old will plead not guilty at his formal arraignment, which has not yet been scheduled.

Crockam 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 into the officer.

Crockam remains held on more than $5 million bail.

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