A bizarre and deadly police encounter in Warren County was one of two reported police-involved shootings this weekend in the state.

State officials said state troopers had responded to a single-car crash in Knowlton just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday ended up fatally shooting the driver after the man shot his dog in the car.

Troopers had been dispatched to 17 Starlite Hill Road, a rural residential street running along Route 80 and the Delaware River. Troopers found the man's car with the front end in a ditch. The driver and dog were inside the car, police said.

"While Troopers were attempting to communicate with the driver, the driver fired a weapon from within the vehicle and shot the dog. Troopers then fired their weapons," according to a statement by the state Attorney General's Office, which routinely investigates fatal police encounters and shootings involving police.

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State prosecutors have not released other details about the encounter, other than that the man was hospitalized and pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m.

Earlier this weekend, police in Long Branch were engaged in an armed standoff with a man who had opened fire on police officers, striking one in the leg. The officers had entered the apartment with a warrant involving a homicide investigation.

State officials said that man was shot and killed by police after he came out of the residential building about 2:30 a.m. while firing his gun. The injured officer was released from the hospital.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story should have said the police shooting in Knowltown occurred after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

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