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Cranbury, NJ - Man Killed By Trooper At Rest Stop Was Shooting up Drugs

Published on: March 31, 2017 03:00 PM
By: AP
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Officials look in the parking lot of the Molly Pitcher service area during an investigation following an incident in which a New Jersey state police officer fatally shot a man during an investigation, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Cranbury, N.J. The suspect's vehicle is seen in the background, where it smashed into a barrier. No police officers were hurt in the shooting on the service area, which serves the New Jersey Turnpike. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Officials look in the parking lot of the Molly Pitcher service area during an investigation following an incident in which a New Jersey state police officer fatally shot a man during an investigation, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Cranbury, N.J. The suspect's vehicle is seen in the background, where it smashed into a barrier. No police officers were hurt in the shooting on the service area, which serves the New Jersey Turnpike. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Cranbury, NJ - Authorities say a state trooper shot and killed a Delaware man who drove toward him while trying to flee from a service area on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Officials say five troopers were conducting undercover narcotics operations at the Molly Pitcher Service Area on Thursday when a trooper saw 46-year-old Christopher Pizzichetta, of Lewes, apparently “shooting up” heroin.

The attorney general’s office says Pizzichetta attempted to flee in his pickup truck as the troopers tried to block him in, striking two of their vehicles and speeding directly toward a trooper on foot.

The trooper opened fire, hitting Pizzichetta. His pickup crashed into a retaining wall and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials found a syringe and glassine packets suspected of containing heroin in the pickup.

The investigation continues.



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