Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9:32am
Gloucester Township Police Press Release
On September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm, the Gloucester Township Police responded to a residence in the unit block of Kendrick Avenue for report of a domestic dispute with family members. Upon arrival, officers were advised that Thomas Kamenski was inside the residence and had been arguing with family members. Officers attempted to enter the home and were confronted by Kamenski, who threatened them while holding a large "meat cleaver" and a metal pipe. Mr Kamenski then barricaded himself inside of the residence.
The Gloucester Township Police Special Response Team (SWAT) and Crisis Negotiation Team responded and attempted to make contact with Kamenski over several hours. During this time, to help ensure the safety of police and Kamenski, a robot was deployed in attempt to locate the male with negative results. A short time later, the male was then observed in a bedroom of the home laying on the ground and potentially disoriented with numerous edged weapons within his reach. While still not responding to police requests and concerned for his welfare, SWAT officers made entry into the home. They located Mr. Kamenski in a 2nd floor bedroom in which he barricaded and screwed the door shut. The male refused to comply and show his hands with the weapons still alongside of him. He was then struck with Pepperball projectiles that allowed officers the opportunity to safely take the male into custudy without injury. These "pepper powder" filled projectiles are deployed from a Pepperball Launching System, which is a less lethal chemical agent delivery system that uses high pressure air launchers to deliver projectiles from a distance.
The Gloucester Township Police have long believed in the value for law enforcement with this less lethal system providing another force option to save lives including the life of the officers involved and the subjects involved such as Thomas Kamenski in this incident.
Kamenski was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation, as he appeared to be be intoxicated from drugs and alcohol. He was charged with Terrostic Threats, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Bail was set at $40,000. He also had numerous outstanding burglary warrants for his arrest from Cumberland County. Thomas Kamenski Age 38.