EHT doctor in police standoff undergoes license suspension
The doctor who allegedly threatened to shoot himself when FBI agents arrived to search his Egg Harbor Township medical office has his license temporarily suspended while he faces weapons and obstruction charges.
Endocrinologist James Kauffman agreed to the state Board of Medical Examiners' decision Monday, according to the office of New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. He has been incarcerated since his arrest,
"In addition to resolving his criminal case, Dr. Kauffman will also have to undergo a professional evaluation and be deemed fit to resume practice before the Board would consider reinstating his license," Porrino said in a prepared comment.
Authorities have disclosed no details regarding the nature of the June 13 search that escalated into an armed standoff, but told the Press of Atlantic City that it bore no relevance to the 2012 shooting death of his wife, broadcaster April Kauffman, whose body was found in their home in Linwood.
As federal, Atlantic County, Egg Harbor Township and Linwood investigators presented the warrant, Kauffman pulled out a handgun and threatened suicide, authorities said. After being taken into custody, Kauffman was administered health evaluations and transferred to Egg Harbor Township police headquarters.
Kauffman was charged with two weapons-possession counts, possession of hollow-point bullets, and obstructing a law enforcement investigation.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.