NJ Police Standoff Ends With Officer Dead

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:41 AM EDT
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NJ Police Standoff Ends With Officer Dead

A Piscataway, N.J., police sergeant was shot and killed at his home after a standoff that began when he was told he had violated a restraining order.

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A Piscataway, N.J., police sergeant was shot and killed at his home after a standoff that began when he was told he had violated a restraining order.

Middlesex County prosecutors said Sgt. David Powell, 46, barricaded himself in his Parkside Avenue home Sunday afternoon after he was asked to report to police headquarters following a report that he had violated the order.

Powell, a 22-year veteran of the department, told police that he would not come to headquarters and said he was holding hostages at his home.

Police responded to the sergeant's home and continued to talk with Powell, who refused to surrender.

Shortly before 7 p.m., he stepped onto his front porch and fired multiple shots with a 9 mm submachine gun, officials said.

"Police fired shots in return," said a statement from Middlesex prosecutors.

Ballistics test will be performed to determine the source of the shot that killed him.

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