By: Yuritza Arroyo
According to officials, the civilian who died during the encounter has been identified as Luke Mendez, 26, of Laurence Harbor.
The preliminary investigation states police responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a dispute on Monday, April 24, at approximately 3:09 p.m. on Woodland Avenue in Laurence Harbor.
Old Bridge Police Officer Christopher Hammel fired his service weapon. Mendez was wounded and was transported to Old Bridge Medical Center.
He was pronounced deceased at 4:47 p.m.
A knife was recovered at the scene near the decedent.