JACKSON — A tragic Labor Day weekend crash leaves a young police officer dead, according to multiple law enforcement agencies.

Nicklas Shimonovich, 23, a Lakewood Township Police officer, was involved in an off-duty motorcycle crash that left him with life-threatening injuries on Saturday evening. Shimonovich was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

via the Lakewood Scoop
via the Lakewood Scoop

The Lakewood Township Police Department took to social media to announce Shimonovich's death in an emotional and impactful statement, "It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Lakewood Police Department announces the untimely passing of Officer Nicklas Shimonovich."

Shimonovich was hired in March of 2018 and was assigned to the patrol division on the evening shift, "He was well respected by his peers, supervisors and the community he loved to serve," the post concluded.

Both of Shimonovich's parents are on the Lakewood Township Police force.

Police have not officially released any other details about the crash that claimed the young officer's life as of Sunday morning.

The accident is under investigation by the Jackson Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff's Office.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated throughout the day.

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