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Decedent Identified in Fatal Police Involved Shooting at Pharmacy in Keansburg


The Attorney General’s Office is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred on January 6, in Keansburg. One male civilian sustained fatal injuries.

The decedent has been identified as James Sutton, 55, of Keansburg.

According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 3:21 p.m. on January 6, multiple 911 calls were received by the Keansburg Police Department reporting a robbery in progress at a pharmacy at 199 Main Street. 

Officers of the Keansburg Police Department responded.

When officers arrived, Mr. Sutton was holding a large knife and threatening to harm an employee of the pharmacy. 

One officer was stabbed by Mr. Sutton. Multiple officers fired their service weapons, striking Mr. Sutton, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The officers who discharged their weapons have been identified as Officer Jillian Putkowski, Detective Christopher Rogan, and Detective Richard Johnson.

The male officer who was stabbed is recovering.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is being released at this time.