A man swings a machete at passing cars in Toms River, NJ

A Toms River police officer is credited with avoiding resolving a situation that could have escalated into the use of deadly force.

On Monday, a police patrol came across a man waving a machete and yelling at motorists near the intersection of Brookside Drive and Route 37 just after 7:30 p.m.

As officers attempted to calm the man, he fled into nearby woods.

The police formed a perimeter around the woods and continued to try to calm the man down.

Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little posted on Facebook that over the next 20 minutes the man grew increasingly irate and refused multiple orders to drop the machete.

At one point, he began swinging the knife in the direction of responding officers.

While the suspect was distracted, Constable Brian Appleby moved in and tackled the man to the ground. Other officers intervened and secured the machete.

The suspect was taken to hospital for an evaluation. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

Chief Little praised Officer Appleby and “all the officers for an incredible amount of restraint which certainly could have turned into a situation of lethal force”.

Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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