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Man fatally shot by police outside N.J. home is identified as Army veteran

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The person fatally shot by police in Cumberland County earlier this week was identified as a 33-year-old Millville man, according to a document obtained Friday by NJ Advance Media.

Police encountered Daniel Ackley after they responded to a 911 call shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence on Burns Road in Millville, according to a preliminary report from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. The circumstances of the emergency call remained unclear.

“After officers arrived, they encountered Mr. Ackley outside the house. During the encounter, Officer Timothy Rehmann discharged his service weapon, fatally wounding the man,” a document released by the Attorney General’s Office said.

In the document, investigators indicated a machete was involved but did not provide details about the confrontation. Officials released the document in response to a public records request from NJ Advance Media.

Police and emergency crews provided first aid to Ackley, officials said. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital, where he died shortly before 11 p.m.

Family members of Ackley have not responded to a request for comment. Police directed questions to the Attorney General’s Office, which released few details on the shooting.

According to his obituary, Ackley was a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq War and lifelong Millville resident.

“He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking, playing video games, military history, and volunteering at the Port Norris Baptist Church of which he was a lifetime member,” his obituary stated. “He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.”


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