He pulled two men over, was frisking one (who had a gun which he removed) when the other got out and ignored his commands to get back in the car. Instead of just shooting the guy he continued giving him commands. Well, the guy pulled a gun, shot the trooper in the heart and he died. Just a reminder to Monday morning quarterbacks why they get a tad upset when some asshole refuses to obey lawful commands. Experience and training tells them the person often intends them deadly harm. I'm sure his three young kids were glad he didn't violate anybody's "rights", though. Trooper Philip Lamonaco was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Knowlton Township. The incident occurred when he stopped two members of a radical environmental group, known as the United Freedom Front, on I-80. The suspects robbed banks to fund their radical operations which included bombing energy sites. Several suspects were apprehended and two of them were sentenced to death for Trooper Lamonaco's murder. A third suspect was sentenced to 30 years in prison on federal charges. He was also sentenced to life on state charges, which will start when he is released from federal custody. Trooper Lamonaco had been employed with the New Jersey State Police for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. A seven mile portion of I-80 was renamed and dedicated in Trooper Lamonaco's memory.