Officer's son enters not guilty plea in killing

The Piscataway teen charged in the death of his popular police office father pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday.

Police believe Jerry Mahoney was fatally shot by his 19-year-old son, John, at their home on Gibson Street Thursday. According to investigators, the teen then shot himself in the arm to create the appearance of a home invasion.

"Clearly, I think he snapped," said the suspect's cousin outside of court.

Mahoney was treated and released from the hospital and is being held on $800,000 bail. Police have not revealed a possible motive for the murder. Friends and relatives are also seeking answers.

"He was a very respectful, great man ? it just sickens me that he's dead," said Brad Pironciak, John Mahoney's friend.

Jerry Mahoney was a member of the police force for more than 20 years and was also the vice president of the school board in Piscataway.

Related information:Police officer's death in Piscataway ruled a homicide

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