A SWAT team member shot and killed a 39-year-old man allegedly holding his 13-month-old son hostage at a home in central New Jersey overnight, authorities say.
Scott McAllister was fatally shot after a five-hour standoff at his home on Bayside Avenue in the East Keansburg section of Middletown, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office said.
McAllister was killed hours after were called to the home after getting a 911 call about a domestic dispute inside the home, the attorney general's office said.
The mother of McAllister's son was outside the home when officers arrived, and told them that the man was drunk and had beaten her. She added that the man, who was still inside the home, had a knife and was threatening to hurt the boy.
A SWAT team and a hostage negotiator responded to the home and tried to get McAllister to surrender peacefully and turn over the child.
When the negotiations failed, the SWAT team forced their way into the house. That's when authorities say one of the officers shot McAllister.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The infant, who was near his father, was not hurt in the standoff.
Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes during the standoff. One neighbor told NBC 4 New York the suspect worked on a fishing boat.