Prosecutors said the victim also slashed his own throat as officers tried to arrest him
A 39-year-old Manahawkin man was shot by police in a million-dollar Mantoloking home Monday after authorities tried to arrest him for assaulting a woman, officials announced Tuesday.
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Edward M. Walsh was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement released by Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.
However, the statement said Walsh had also slashed his own throat, and that an autopsy is pending. Armed with a knife, officers opened fire at Walsh after the prosecutor said Walsh stabbed a K-9.
Walsh was wanted by authorities on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, theft and weapons offenses for an incident involving a woman he knew in Sayreville on Sunday. NJ Advance Media is withholding Walsh’s relationship to the woman because she is a victim of a crime and could be identified.
After the incident, the prosecutor said, Walsh stole the woman’s car and drove it to Lacey, an Ocean County town approximately 50 miles south of Sayreville.
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Lacey police contacted the Mantoloking Police Department shortly before noon and informed them that they received “reliable information” that Walsh was at a house on Barnegat Lane in the borough, the statement said.
Billhimer said Walsh knew of that home because he was previously married to a family member of the prior owner. According to property records, the home sold for $1.55 million in February 2017.
The current owner told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview Tuesday morning that she had no involvement in what happened on Monday.
“It was completely random,” the owner said, noting that she doesn’t occupy the home full-time.
According to police, the current owner gave a group of Mantoloking police officers, an Ocean County sheriff’s officer with a K-9 and one Bay Head police officer permission to enter the home.
Inside, the authorities encountered Walsh and yelled at him to drop a knife he was holding, the statement said. When Walsh did not release the knife, prosecutors said, K-9 Kane was released.
Walsh, who was approximately 20 feet from the officers, stabbed the K-9 with the knife and that’s when officers fired at him, according to the statement. Officers discovered that Walsh also had a knife wound across his neck, but it’s unclear when it was made, officials said.
The K-9 was taken to the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls and is expected to recover, the statement said.
Because the shooting involved a sheriff’s officer, the prosecutor said, the New Jersey State Police was brought in to assist with the investigation.
The investigation is being handled by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, according to a spokesman with the Attorney General’s Office.
Authorities urged anyone with information to call detectives Brant Uricks or Lindsay Woodfield of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit at 732-929-2027.
Mantoloking is a tiny barrier island borough with approximately 300 full-time residents. It swells in size with thousands of vacationers during the summer.
On Tuesday, the few full-time residents in the area said they were shocked when confronted with such a large police presence, an unusual sight for a sliver of a town lined with multi-million dollar homes.
It’s unclear how Walsh gained entry into the house on Barnegat Lane.
Yellow crime-scene tape remained up on Tuesday morning, blocking the pebble driveway and flapping in the wind off the bay.
Vinessa Erminio contributed research to this report.
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