Atlantic City police car

ATLANTIC CITY — A city man was shot and killed after stabbing a police officer Friday night during an investigation into a hit and run crash, authorities said.

At 6:30 p.m., police responded to the 600 block of North Kentucky Avenue for a hit-and-run crash with injuries, according to a news release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. While they were investigating, Timothy Deal, 32, who was not involved, stabbed an officer in the torso with a knife, the prosecutor’s office said.

It was an unprovoked attack, the release said. The injured officer then fired his weapon, shooting Deal, the release said.

Both the officer and Deal were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus, where Deal was pronounced dead and the officer was treated and released, the prosecutor’s office said.

An autopsy by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Officer Saturday found Deal died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The officer’s identity was not released.

The investigation is continuing by the county prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit without resort police, per state guidelines, and will include evidence submitted to the State Police Ballistics Laboratory, the release said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7800, or after hours at 609-909-7200.

Never miss breaking news as it happens! Sign up now to receive alerts delivered to your inbox.

Contact: 609-272-7241 MBilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

Recommended for you

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Soon we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account.