Shots Fired at Walker on NJ Canal Trail Leads to 16 Hour Standoff
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP (Mercer) — Shots fired at someone walking the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail along Route 1 ended with a barricade and an arrest Wednesday night.
Lawrence police said the incident started near the footbridge over Route 1 in Lawrence Township around 9 a.m. when a man reported shots fired. Responding police heard gunfire coming from a wooded area separated from the highway by the canal.
Officers saw a man run into a nearby house where spent shell casings were also found.
A 16-hour standoff developed that lasted into the evening when a search warrant was executed and John Kachmar, 22, of Lawrence Township was arrested.
Kachmar was charged with aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing and Kachmar is expected to face additional charges.
MidJersey.news was the first to report on the incident.