Keansburg, NJ police officer recovers from stabbing in drugstore

KEANSBURG – An officer remains hospitalized after being stabbed Thursday afternoon while responding to a pharmacy robbery that resulted in the suspect being shot in the skin by police.

Keansburg Police received several 911 calls regarding the theft at the Keansburg pharmacy at approximately 3:20 p.m.

“Several officers” fired their service weapons at the thief after stabbing him, according to Acting State Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bruck did not disclose how many shots were fired, which led to the stabbing or the identities of the officers and the suspect. Early reports of the incident described it as a hostage-taking.

The veteran officer was still hospitalized at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel on Friday afternoon for additional arm surgery, Keansburg Mayor George Hoff said in New Jersey 101.5.

State rules require that the state attorney general’s office investigate any death during a meeting with a law enforcement official.

Friends of the man who was shot told CBS New York that he had previously struggled with mental illness and addiction.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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