Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Robbery Suspect Dead

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Robbery Suspect Dead

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A knife-wielding man who tried to rob a CVS pharmacy in Leonia was shot to death by police from Leonia and Palisades Park on Sunday, authorities said.

The suspect, Rickey L. McFadden, 47, of Grand Avenue in Leonia, had a large knife in his possession when four officers confronted him two blocks from the store and opened fire, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement Sunday night.

Struck multiple times by police bullets, McFadden was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center, Molinelli said.

None of the officers was injured but the three who fired at McFadden were taken to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for observation, Molinelli said.

The three officers, whose names were not released, have retained an attorney and had not yet been questioned late Sunday, Molinelli said.

The case is being investigated by the prosecutor's Police Shooting Investigation Team under guidelines established by the state Attorney General's Office, Molinelli said.

The gunfire erupted outside the CVS at 410 Broad Ave. in the late afternoon in the normally quiet downtown business district after Bergen County Dispatch received a 911 call from the store reporting a robbery, Molinelli said.

McFadden had entered the store with a large knife, and while showing the knife, robbed the store of cash and other items, Molinelli said.

McFadden then left and traveled on foot northerly along Broad Avenue and then down Hillside Avenue.

Four officers -- one from Leonia and three from Palisades Park -- confronted McFadden, who still had the knife, and at the intersection of Hillside and Kingsley Street, three of the four officers opened fire. The fourth officer did not discharge his weapon, Molinelli said.

A youngster in a restaurant nearby said he heard six shots and went to a window to see a police officer chasing the suspect. A short time later, ambulances and police cars converged on the scene. …

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