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UPDATED: Family of Slain Waretown Man Files $5M Claim Against Ocean Twp. Police

Prosecutor's office says officer in fatal shooting is son of Lacey Mayor Quinn

The father of a man March 3 has filed a $5 million tort claim against the Ocean Township Police Department, a move which clears the way for a lawsuit, according to the office of the family’s lawyer.

Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the officer who shot Wolford was Ptl. Matthew Quinn, who is the son of Lacey Township Mayor Gary Quinn.

Henry Roger Wolford, father of Todd Wolford, filed the claim Wednesday through his lawyer, Daniel Carluccio. The claim says the Ocean Township Police Department, department dispatchers and the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department dispatchers were “grossly negligent in causing the death” of Wolford and violated his civil rights.

According to the claim, police were responding to a call from Wolford’s friend, Eddie Kamesiak, on the night of Wolford’s death. Kamesiak, whom the claim says was drunk, had told police Wolford was “upset and in danger.”

Two officers then went to Wolford’s house, where Wolford was asleep on the couch with a movie playing, the claim says, and walked around his house without announcing themselves, amounting to "wrongful trespass.”

When Wolford’s German shepherd started barking, says the claim, Wolford woke up, picked up his legally licensed gun and opened his front door. At that time, one of the officers shot him in the chest, killing him, a claim that matches official reports from the night of the incident.

The claim goes on to say that officers then took Wolford’s body into his house and searched the house before obtaining a warrant. The claim cites reports from neighbors and local media as well as information from the Ocean County Prosecutor.

A representative from the Ocean Township Police Department was not available to comment on the claim Thursday.

Quinn remains on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated by the Prosecutor's Office and the state Attorney General's Office, Mohel said, and the decision of whether to rearm him will come only when those investigations are complete.

john jameson May 16, 2011 at 08:56 PM
I am having difficulty comprehending what "a good shoot" is. I don't see anything good about it. Not for the community, the decedent, the officer, or, their family and friends.
peedoffinfr May 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM
hope this family gets more than that. not another case of a few bad apples spoil the barrel. in fact, the whole barrel is spoiled. i have seen seen these cops sit and sit just waiting to pull someone over. they have trapped people. they follow them up rt 9 right before there jurisdiction ends when the speed limit goes 5 miles less within 100 feet just to pull people over. they are sneaky and relentless. they look for trouble. as for the shooting, another cop just playing cops like a 8 year old waiting to use his gun.such a shame a life was lost and this cop goes on with his life.as for the whole police dept, they should clean house. bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do , whatcha gonna do when they come for you? they should open a dd in waretown..thatll keep them off the roads.
Ray May 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Again you don't know what your talking about. On the uniform crime reports it will be marked as a homicide. The prosecutor will determine if it was justifiable. The family will receive a settlement from the insurance company. Do you want to bet on that?
Jennifer Peterson May 23, 2011 at 05:08 PM
I have a German Shepard, I'm not insecure. I don't answer my door with a gun, but I do look out the window to see what I can see prior to opening the door, especially at night. If you point a gun at me, and I happen to have a gun, you better believe i'm going to shoot first. I'm not a cop, but i'm not going to get shot because I err'd on the side of caution. Generally speaking I don't like police and their attitudes and the way they handle things, They once threatened to shoot my dog because he was on my front steps barking at them, so yea police are not my favorite people, however I don't see how anyone can deny that if someone pointed a gun at them, they wouldn't shoot.
JOHNNY Done it October 22, 2011 at 01:08 AM
TO TOM E GUNN. IF you were taught correctly there is right & wrong & legal& illegal todd did everthing wrong .I am sure next drug raid in town they will knock like door to door salesman & and ask is there any illegal drugs or weapons here .Thank you.>> It is action , reaction He should never walked outside with a weapon...This is not iraq...

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