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State to probe New Jersey trooper fatal shooting

June 13, 2018

HARDWICK, N.J. (AP) — State authorities in New Jersey are investigating a shooting death by a state trooper of a man said to have been armed with a hunting knife.

The state attorney general’s office says troopers received a report Tuesday night of threats against relatives by 32-year-old Stephen Cogelia at a Hardwick home. Officials said responding troopers heard Cogelia threatening them as they entered, and they found him with the knife in a second-floor bedroom. Police said one trooper fired, killing Cogelia.

On Friday, state police seeking a man after a harassment complaint found his truck in Hardwick. Officials said approaching troopers heard a gunshot within the vehicle, and a trooper fired multiple rounds into the vehicle. Forty-seven-year-old Todd Gregory of Coram, New York was found dead. Two rifles were recovered.

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