Manahawkin Man Shot Dead by Police During Attempted Arrest in Mantoloking

Nov 13, 2018
Source: Ocean County Sheriff Department Ocean County Sheriff Department 's K9 Kane.

A Stafford Township resident was shot and killed by police officers in Mantoloking after they attempted to arrest the man on Nov. 12, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Nov. 13, Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced the death of Edward M. Walsh, 39, of Manahawkin, which occurred “during the execution of a warrant for his arrest” Monday morning. Walsh had been wanted on charges of kidnapping, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, theft and aggravated assault.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Walsh had committed the aforementioned acts against his girlfriend on Sunday, Nov. 11, left her at her Sayreville residence, then stole her vehicle and drove to Lacey Township, Billhimer said. The Lacey Township police received reliable information that Walsh was at 914 Barnegat Lane in Mantoloking, and detectives “believed Walsh was there because he was previously married to a family member of the prior owner,” the statement said.

At 11:47 a.m. Monday, Lacey police contacted and alerted Mantoloking police to Walsh’s presence at the residence. Subsequently, three Mantoloking police officers, an Ocean County sheriff’s officer with K-9 Officer Kane and a Bay Head police officer were dispatched to the residence, officials said. After a 45-minute wait and with the permission of the current homeowner, the police entered the residence and found Walsh with a knife in hand. He was commanded to drop the weapon and he refused, prompting the release of K-9 Officer Kane.

According to the statement, Walsh, who had been within 20 feet of the officers, stabbed Kane with the knife before officers fired on him. Walsh, who also had a self-inflicted knife wound across his neck, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ocean County medical examiner. An autopsy is pending.

“K-9 Officer Kane was transported to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls and, thankfully, is expected to make a full recovery and be released tomorrow,” Billhimer said.

The New Jersey State Police assisted in processing the scene for further investigation. Anybody with additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Brant Uricks or Lindsay Woodfield of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 732-929-2027. —D.B.

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