Attorney General’s Releases Video from Fatal Police Shooting at Pine Brook Motel on New Year’s Eve

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The Attorney General’s Office today released video from officers’ body-worn cameras related to a deadly police-involved shooting at a Pine Brook, N.J., motel on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

James Allandale, 61, formerly known as James Allan, of Denville, N.J., sustained fatal injuries in the incident at the motel on Route 46 on New Year’s Eve.

According to the preliminary information, members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (“SERT”) were at the motel to assist Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detectives with taking Mr. Allandale into custody, based on an arrest warrant issued for Mr. Allandale charging him with attempted murder and other related charges in connection with an incident on December 27, 2022, in Elmwood Park.

Detectives ascertained that Mr. Allandale was inside a particular room and members of the Morris County SERT made entry at approximately 7:18 p.m., whereupon Mr. Allandale exchanged gunfire with Sgt. Fred Jackson of the Denville Police Department and Morristown Police Sgt. James Krauss, who are members of the Morris County SERT.

A paramedic attached to the SERT was on scene to provide advanced life support, but Mr. Allandale was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:27 p.m.

Authorities recovered a firearm near the decedent. The two officers were transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and were released.

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