Two police officers of the Lyndhurst Police Department in Lyndhurst, New Jersey shot to death a thirty-six-year-old man wanted for failure to show up to a jail work-release program on the third floor of the Lyndhurst Public Library a little after 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, The Record’s John Seasly, Stefanie Dazio, Abbott Koloff, and Marina Villeneuve reported for NorthJersey.com. The Record is a daily newspaper in Bergen County, New Jersey that also serves Hudson County, Essex County, and Passaic County in Northern (New) Jersey.
According to NorthJersey.com, one officer saw Kevin Allen enter the complex of government buildings that includes the Lyndhurst Public Library and the Lyndhurst Police Department, recognized him, and followed him into the Lyndhurst Public Library. PIX 11’s Christie Duffy reported a witness told her the police arrived on the scene after a librarian hit a panic button after seeing Mr. Allen brandish a weapon.
Chief James B. O’Connor reported several officers were on the scene, and two were involved in the shooting. He said Allen assaulted officers with an “edged weapon” he later admitted was a knife.
After the shooting, Mr. Allen went to Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus in Hudson County, New Jersey. Authorities announced he was dead around 3:15 p.m.
In an interview on Saturday, Chief O’Connor elaborated it was a “utility-style knife.” He did not reveal the length of the knife. O’Connor stated Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office had the Lyndhurst Public Library’s security-camera footage for review.
On Friday, O’Connor indicated that neither police officer was injured, but both went to Hackensack University Medical Center, where they were treated for “trauma and shock.” O’Connor stated there were multiple witnesses inside the Lyndhurst Public Library, including one child, for the police to interview. The children’s room is on the third floor.
“It was the second time in little more than a week in Bergen County that what initially appeared to be a minor incident escalated into a police shooting,” Mr. Seasly, Ms. Dazio, Mr. Koloff, and Ms. Villeneuve noted. “Hackensack police fatally shot a 24-year-old man on May 21 when he allegedly lunged at them with a meat cleaver after they arrived at his home for a standard check requested by probation officers.”
On Saturday, O’Connor said the police officers had first used non-lethal weapons (pepper spray and batons) to overpower Allen. “He continued to be aggressive and charged at officers,” he said, according to Mr. Seasly, Ms. Dazio, Mr. Koloff, and Ms. Villeneuve. “He left them no choice.”
Mr. Seasly, Ms. Dazio, Mr. Koloff, and Ms. Villeneuve stated, “Allen was held at the Bergen County Jail earlier this year on minor offenses, according to jail records, but was wanted on arrest warrants for contempt of court and not appearing last month for a county work release program, said Anthony Cureton, a Bergen County Sheriff’s Office spokesman… The most recent charges against Allen alleged improper behavior, a disorderly persons offense, and being in arrears on a debt, according to jail records. He was arrested in Bergen County on a drug possession charge in 2007 and two counts of criminal sexual contact in 2000, according to county records. Information on the outcomes of those cases was not available on Friday. He had pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Passaic County in 1998, according to state court records.”
There were two cases in 2013 when police confronted shooters in or near academic libraries. On January 22, 2013, KTRK reported shootings occurred near the Lone Star College’s North Harris Campus library in northern Houston, Texas and three people were injured. A student interviewed on camera on KTRC indicated the library was on lock-down until librarians gave students word they were free to leave the building.
CNN reported on January 29, 2013, that police arrested Carlton Berry on January 22nd and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but Harris County District Clerk Claire Kennedy said her office had dropped the charges pending “further investigation.” Police arrested another man, Trey Foster, and prosecutors charged him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
On June 7, 2013, a gunman killed five people and wounded others in Santa Monica, starting by committing patricide and fratricide and ended with his taking several shots in the Santa Monica College Library before police killed him, according to a police reconstruction of events, as reported by Associated Press writers Tami Abdollah, Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Nicole Evatt, and Sarah Parvini. Twenty-three-year-old spree killer John Samir Zawarhi’s rampage lasted thirteen minutes, according to CNN.
 Chief O’Connor and I are at least not closely related.