FARMINGDALE, NJ — The knife-wielding man shot by police at 59 Walnut Street in Farmingdale on October 18 has been identified as Charles Tsakiris, who lived at the home.
The shooting occurred at approximately 11:43 p.m. at the Walnut Street residence, according to a preliminary investigation by the N.J. Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force, which is handling the case.
Members of the Howell Police Department responded to 59 Walnut Street as the result of a 911 call. When one officer approached the front door of the residence, Charles Tsakiris, 38, opened it holding a bladed object, according to a news release by the Attorney General's Office.
Tsakiris refused commands given by the officers, one of whom fired at Tsakiris, fatally wounding him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the release continued.
Also under investigation is the death of Teresa Oshel, 40, who also lived at the house and was found deceased in the bathroom of the residence. A third individual, Jeffrey Tsakiris, 36, was taken to the hospital and was treated for injuries, the statement said.
Under New Jersey law, the Attorney General’s Office is required to conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent was in custody.
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