Cops Shoot Knife Wielding Man in Jackson Reportedly Holding Hostages

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Submitted by Al DellaFave, OCPO

JACKSON-Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced preliminary details of last night’s police involved shooting within the jurisdiction of Jackson Township. Preliminary details of the event are as follows:

Shortly before 8:00 pm on December 23rd , Jackson Township Police received a 911 call reporting that a  male subject armed with a knife was inside his residence at 37 Laurel Avenue, Jackson NJ reportedly holding individuals as hostage. Members of the Jackson Township Police Department responded to 37 Laurel Avenue. Upon their arrival the responding officers entered the residence where they encountered a man later identified as Travis Van Pelt age 22 of 37 Laurel Avenue wielding a knife in a threatening manner. The responding officer(s) fired upon Mr. Van Pelt striking him at least one time. While encountering Mr. Van Pelt, Officers also located other occupants within the residence. Subsequently, Mr. Van Pelt was transported to an area hospital where he remains listed in stable condition.

As per the mandates and guidelines of the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office regarding police involved shootings, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Unit, and with the full cooperation of the Jackson Township Police Department.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Detective Lindsay Woodfield of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929-2027.  There is no further information that can be provided at this time.

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