Tuesday, June 13, 2017

April Kauffman's Husband Arrested


EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Investigators from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, FBI, and local police departments arrested Dr. James Kauffman with a handgun Tuesday morning after executing a search warrant at his medical office here and at his Linwood home.

 Kauffman, 69, was married to April Kauffman, who was found shot to death in 2012 in her Woodstock Drive home in Linwood.  Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said the arrest was not related to April Kauffman's death, but other criminal activity.

April Kauffman's daughter, Kim Pack, contacted by The Press of Atlantic City via text message, had no immediate comment but said she was aware of the arrest.
When the investigators arrived early Tuesday at Kauffman’s office he displayed a handgun described as a Ruger 9 mm; the standoff took about 45 minutes, requiring a hostage negotiator from the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office to get Kauffman to hand over the weapon.

 He was taken out of his office shortly after 7:30 a.m. and is now in the custody of the Psychiatric Intervention Program for monitoring, Tyner said


Kauffman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point bullets and obstruction of justice.
Crime scene tape surrounded the Ocean Heights Avenue office of Dr. James Kauffman Tuesday morning as investigators from the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office and the FBI continue to investigate Kauffman.

 Tyner said he will eventually be transferred to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Kauffman’s medical office is closed as he is a sole practitioner. Tyner expects that it will be closed for the foreseeable future pending the charges and outcome of the ongoing investigation.

 Tyner recently tried to obtain a DNA sample from Kauffman in the homicide of April Kauffman. The ruling on the decision is being kept sealed.


"We are investigating all leads pertaining to suspected criminal activity," the Prosecutor's Office said in a press release.

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