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NJ Officer Shot, Killed Man Armed With ‘Bladed Object': Police

The New Jersey Attorney General's Office is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting in the small Monmouth County borough of Farmingdale, the office said early Saturday.

A man was shot and killed by a police officer when he refused to drop a "bladed object," Howell Police Chief Kudrick said Saturday afternoon. 

Police officers from Howell were dispatched to a home on Walnut Drive around 10:30 p.m. Friday when a man allegedly called 911 claiming his brother stabbed him, Kudrick said. 

The first officer to arrive at the home was confronted by an armed man that refused to drop the weapon and that was when, the chief said, the officer "was forced to defend himself along with several other involved parties who were present."

The officer fired several rounds at the armed man, according to Kudrick. The man died at the scene dispite life-saving measures taken by officers, he said.

Under New Jersey law the Attorney General's Office is required to investigate any incident anywhere in the state where someone dies while in official contact with law enforcement. 

The officers involved in Friday night's shooting will be placed on administrative leave per department protocol. 

The borough is roughly 50 miles due south of Newark and 70 miles northeast of Philadelphia. As of the last census it a had a population of just more than 1,300 people. 

The Asbury Park Press reported the shooting took place at a home on a cul-de-sac near an elementary school. Video from the scene showed a heavy presence of state and local police, as well as ambulances. 

The shooting happened only a couple of miles from another grisly scene, the discovery early Friday of a murdered young man in the middle of a quiet road in Howell. There was no early indication the two were connected, though. 

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