- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say three police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man late last year.

Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke announced Tuesday that a review of the Nov. 17 shooting of 36-year-old Thomas Read Jr. determined that the Phillipsburg officers - John Maczko, Louis DeLuca and John Franceschino - were justified in using deadly force.

The shooting occurred when the officers went to a Phillipsburg home to investigate reports that someone had sent threatening messages to another person. When the officers arrived they encountered Read, who authorities say was wielding a knife “in a threatening manner” and refusing to leave the residence.

Read was shot after he refused to comply with police orders to drop the knife. He died the next day.



Click to Read More

Click to Hide