AVALON PLEDGES SUPPORT; ASKS OTHER TOWNS TO CONTRIBUTE

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi and the Avalon Police Department have announced a $1,000 contribution to the reward fund designed to gather information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual who killed a Lakewood, New Jersey police officer on Friday, January 14th.

Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz, 27, was shot to death execution style during a routine interview of a pedestrian in a residential neighborhood in his community.  Matlosz was a member of the Lakewood Police Department for less than five years.  He was reportedly shot three times while sitting in his police car.

“New Jersey’s law enforcement community has suffered a major tragedy this weekend”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “It is very important for all communities in the state to contribute to a special reward fund that leads to the arrest and conviction of the coward who took Officer Matlosz’s life for no reason”.

The State Policemen’s Benevolent Association announced a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. On Friday night, the reward fund exceeded $40,000.

“I’m asking all 16 Cape May County communities to contribute to the reward fund so this individual is removed from the streets and taken into custody”, Pagliughi said.  “This individual poses a threat to the public and police officers throughout South Jersey until he is captured.  Cape May County communities can show support for this effort by pledging a contribution to this reward fund.  It could have been one of our own”.

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