A Camden City police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding 17-year-old
Friday night, according to authorities.
It was the second fatal shooting involving Camden police in recent days.
Last night's shooting came after police responded to a report of a domestic
disturbance at Bank and Pfeiffer streets about 10:30 p.m., said Acting
Camden County Prosecutor Joshua M. Ottenberg and Camden City Police
Executive Arturo Venegas.
A mother had fled her home as her son, identified as Kashon Smith, 17, of
the Ablett Village Apartments, threatened the family with a knife.
Authorities do not know what led to the dispute.
Smith followed his mother to a neighbor's home where she called police,
according to a statement by the prosecutor's office.
The police Officer arrived on the scene as Smith, still clutching a knife,
screamed at the neighbor's family on their porch, according to the
Smith ignored the officer's commands to put down the knife and moved toward
members of the family, the statement said. After repeated warnings the
officer fired, killing Smith, authorities said.
The officer, whose name is being withheld pending an investigation, is a
14-year veteran of the Camden Police Department. He is on paid administrative leave while the Camden County Prosecutor's Office investigates.
And earlier this week, on Dec. 17, officer Gary Towers killed a crime suspect who, they said, fired at police. Towers, 33 was on patrol at the time when he saw a Ford Taurus matching the description of car sought in an investigation, authorities said.
Braxton Lane, 28, a passenger in the car, jumped out and ran down an alley. Towers followed Lane in his cruiser, and Lane fired at least three shots at it. Towers and another officer eventually pursued Lane on foot. Lane was killed in a resulting shootout.