According to authorities, the incident occurred at the Belleview Terrace home of the suspect’s grandparents in Butler, New Jersey. Butler NJ police officers were called to the residence after someone reported seeing a “suspicious person” walking toward the house.
When Butler NJ police officers arrived at the house, they reportedly heard loud shouting coming from inside the residence. Police officers subsequently went inside the house and tried to apprehend the suspect, but he reportedly hid behind a bed in a bedroom and grabbed a single-barrel shotgun.
At some point during the standoff, the suspect allegedly pointed the shotgun at a Butler police officer. The officer responded by firing his gun at the suspect and striking him four times.
After being shot, the suspect was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson NJ so that he could be treated for his gunshot wounds.
Court records released later indicated that the suspect had told his grandmother that he wanted to kill himself prior to the confrontation with Butler police.
The suspect is a 23-year-old man who lives in Butler, NJ. He has been charged with several crimes, including aggravated assault against a police officer, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a certain persons offense for being a felon unlawfully in possession of a handgun. The suspect was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia because police allegedly discovered him with drug-related items, including hypodermic needles.
After being treated for his gunshot-related injuries, the suspect was transferred to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $185,000 bail.
For additional information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Man Shot by Butler Officer Charged with Pointing Shotgun at Police.”