The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a shooting yesterday in which members of the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team fatally shot a man who allegedly threatened them with firearms following a standoff at his home in Middle Township.
According to the preliminary investigation, Douglas J. Wnek, 37, was fatally shot by members of the SWAT team outside his residence at 19 Williams Street in Middle Township at about 6:53 p.m. yesterday (Oct. 3). The Middle Township Police Department responded to the house on a report of a suicidal male. Wnek’s wife had called 911 and reported that her husband was armed and awaiting police response. She was not at the house at the time. Upon arrival, officers observed an empty rifle case within the residence and heard a subject in the rear of the residence. The officers secured a perimeter around the property and notified the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team for assistance. The Cape May County Regional Swat Team and Cape May County Hostage Negotiators responded to the scene. Communication was established with Wnek and officers attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender. Shortly before 7 p.m., Wnek allegedly made several threatening statements and announced that he was exiting the house. Wnek allegedly exited through the front door carrying two rifles in his hands and a shotgun slung over his shoulder. He allegedly advanced on the surrounding officers and failed to comply with commands. Several members of the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team subsequently discharged their firearms, fatally wounding Wnek. He was transported to the Cape May Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
No further details of the shooting will be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation.