Man Shot By Police In Wanaque Charged With Assault, Threats, Weapons

WANAQUE N.J. – A Ringwood man shot by police in Wanaque last week threatened the officer with a knife and was later charged with various offenses, authorities said Tuesday.

Richard J. Liccardo of Ringwood
Richard J. Liccardo of Ringwood Photo Credit: COURTESY: Passaic County Prosecutor's Office

Officers were called to a dispute at the home at 2 a.m. last Tuesday and encountered 28-year-old Richard J. Liccardo, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said.

Liccardo moments earlier had assaulted a woman he'd been dating and two other household members with a knife and attcked one of them with a lamp, she said.

Riccardo "attempted to cause serious bodily injury to [the officer] with a knife and threatened him," Valdes said.

So the officer shot him.

Valdes said her Shooting Response Team collected evidence that will be presented to a grand jury -- a state Attorney General requirement.

Liccardo "was treated at an area hospital for injuries sustained from the shooting" and "continues to receive medical care for his injuries," she said.

Detectives from her office charged him with various aggravated assault and terroristic threat offenses, in addition to weapons violations. They also charged him with aggravated assault on a police officer.

Investigators arrested Liccardo this past Sunday, then served him with an additional complaint Monday, Valdes said.

He remained hospitalized in police custody on $750,000 bail, pending an as-yet unscheduled arraignment.

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