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Officials ID Brick Man, Police Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting Incident

Brick Twp. Police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Twp. Police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the man fatally wounded in an incident involving Brick police as Julian Hoffman, 21, a township resident.

The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Officer Jay Nye, 31, a member of the department since 2011, and Ryan Osborn, 25, a member of the department since 2013. Both officers, who are assigned to the patrol division, are on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, according to Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist.

“The investigation continues and all efforts will be made to expedite its completion,” said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.


Della Fave further requested both members of the press and the public refrain from speculating on the facts surrounding the shooting.

“A full account of the evidence and circumstances surrounding the shooting will be released at the conclusion of the investigation,” Della Fave said.

Hoffman’s encounter with police occurred Sunday night at about 10:50 p.m., officials said. At that time, officers were called to the Cherrywood Farm condominium complex off Lanes Mill Road after a man called 911, stated he was “going to create a disturbance,” and immediately hung up, according to a statement from Della Fave.

Upon their arrival, the officers were confronted by a white male approaching them from the residence of 47 Cherry Wood Circle with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic hand gun, the statement said.

“After the subject failed to comply with the officers’ orders to drop the weapon, they discharged their duty weapons, striking the armed male several times fatally injuring him,” said Della Fave.

  • Chief Wahoo

    The story is starting to change. And we are now at the stage of Paid vacation for murder. Although we might never know since Daniel Nee likes to censor any posts that questions his protection of the Neo Nazis in blue, even though they break no rules.

    It’s simple people murder is wrong. And it’s not ok because you are wearing a tin badge. So stop deleting posts. Read the constitution Nee. And while your at it read the 10 commandments too.

  • BrickJoel

    sad, such a mess and tragedy for everyone ….

  • Goodgrief

    Daniel is there any chance that a followup to this story will soon clear up the mystery about the supposed tape the father mentioned? It is just like somebody in the pros. office clamped down on press releases on this event.

    • I do agree that it is time to check on the status of the investigation, and we’ll reach out to our sources on the matter and report back. That said, I don’t sense anything unusual occurring as far as the flow of information from the prosecutor’s office. Press releases are normally issued at certain milestones after the initial incident – ie. someone is cleared of wrongdoing, a criminal charge is brought, an indictment is handed up, etc. Regarding the alleged video, to the best of my knowledge there has been no confirmation that it actually exists. Unfortunately, some media outlets quoted folks who did not witness the incident and gave statements which could not be confirmed. Personally, I do not agree with that approach and vehemently disagree with publishing unconfirmed, second-hand accounts that accuse someone (including a police officer) of committing a crime. We will inquire as to the existence of the video and report back during any update story.

      • Goodgrief

        Thank you for the quick reply. I appreciate your approach to reporting and agree with the concept that the press should report only facts as opposed to rumors (unless stated as a rumor). I wish our national new services would return to that type of reporting.

      • SoWhat?

        Dan, while you are at it, ask around about Scott McFadden and the Birdsall engineering investigation into town. It has been years since Scott was indicted and the investigation began. Thanks