Cops Shoot Wayne Man Holding Mother at Knifepoint, Authorities Say

Police entered a three-hour hostage negotiation with the 37-year-old man in the doorway of a Redwood Avenue home Friday night, police said.

Wayne Police shot a 37-year-old Wayne man Friday night after responding to a Redwood Avenue home to find him holding his 60-year-old mother at knifepoint, Wayne Detective Captain Mark McGrath said Saturday.

According to McGrath, when police responded to a 911 call reporting the man "off his medication and in need of medical assistance" at about 11:10 p.m. Friday, they found the man in the home's doorway holding a large butcher knife and the woman in a chokehold.

Wayne police officers began hostage negotiations with the man that lasted about three hours, during which he became, "more and more aggressive," McGrath said. Cops said the woman was in "imminent danger."

At 1:57 a.m. Saturday, a Wayne Police officer shot the man, causing him to drop the knife and let go of his mother, McGrath said. Police rescued the woman and took the man into custody after a "brief but intense struggle," McGrath said.

"Acting Chief James Clarke and the entire Wayne Police Department are extremely proud of the performance of our officers at the scene that resulted in the safe release of the hostage with no loss of life," McGrath said.

NJ.com identified the man as Francisco Pacheco, and said he was charged with aggravated assault, criminal restraint, weapons possession, and resisting arrest. Both Pacheco and his mother were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition, the report said.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office will lead an investigation into the shooting, McGrath said.
bp May 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Sounds like the WPD did a great job!
KrisTee May 26, 2014 at 12:08 AM
Yes, I like bashing them when they do the wrong thing. If you think attempting to shoot a resident in the head after 3 hours of failed negotiations is a good job then you are a fool. The average salary is $140K of a Wayne officer, for that money they should be doing so much more and using the available resources to their advantage. Being jealous is the farthest thing from my mind, making them ACCOUNTABLE is the main point. Wait till the prosecutor comes back with their investigation.
Jack Q May 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Kristee, where in the article does it say that the police attempted to shoot this man in the head?
Tomaro M Pilgrim June 03, 2014 at 09:58 PM
This story is not all that it seems; there are many details not mentioned. It is not noted in the information provided that Mr Pacheco has a mental illness, and has suffered a terrible loss in the past year causing him to slip into depression. This situation has been very devastating; this is a very close, tight knit family that has suffered gravely due to this incident. Also, the officer with the rifle, who fired a 'single' shot also shot Mr Pacheco's mother causing her to need surgery; don't see that as being 'good work'! There are many details not included in this article. Knowing the family, including Mr. Pacheco we pray for them and send our unwavering love and support!


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