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Brick Police Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting

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

Brick police officers shot and fatally wounded a man Sunday night after he did not comply with a command to drop what was suspected to be a handgun, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday morning.

The officers, who were not identified by name, were called to the Cherrywood Farm condominium complex off Lanes Mill Road at 10:50 p.m. after a man called 911, stated he was “going to create a disturbance,” and immediately hung up, according to a statement from Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

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.

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“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.

The identity of the victim was not released pending notification of family members and the ongoing investigation into the incident, Della Fave said.

The investigation will be handled solely by the prosecutor’s office within the county of the event in accordance with state policy on police shootings, said Della Fave. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department is assisting and the investigation is moving forward with the full cooperation of the Brick Township Police Department, he added.

According to one neighboring resident who contacted Shorebeat, about 12 police cars, along with ambulances and fire trucks were at the scene Sunday night. At one point, an ambulance left, being escorted by a police car. Afterwards, the witness saw a “young, distraught male” being interviewed by officers.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    Job well done officers…I hope you recover from your stress. Thank you section eight housing for placing these people in our town..

    • Matt

      This didn’t take place in section eight housing, nor was the victim a member of a family that came through section eight. They’re middle class.

      • JW

        Facts and logic are socialist conspiracies. Blacks, illegals and welfare queens are the root of all our problems you silly man! (sarcasm alert)

    • Racheal Stanuszek

      What does Section 8 have anything to do with it? My mother is on Section 8 and is probably one of the best tenants any landlord could ask for. I also have a couple friends on Section 8 and probably treat they’re rental property better than somebody who isn’t in it. So, Section 8 has NOTHING to do with the fact a crazy guy moved into the neighborhood. Sadly, not everybody is financially set like you. And I also suggest you not stereotype.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Section Eight brings trash….enough said

      • DragonDad77

        He was probably a liberal, right Frank? Anyone who does anything wrong is a liberal.

      • Frank Rizzo

        How’s your stocks doing today…..ask the liberals what their plan is now

      • Spell Check

        section 8 is horrible and with landlords from Lakewood coming over quickly. it will be the reason for the collapse of this town over the next decade , terribly sad :/ saying as a resident my whole life

      • meok1521

        OK everyone ranting about section 8 can stop it because it doesn’t remotely apply in this case. Get your facts in order.

    • SB

      Clearly crazy doesn’t confine itself based on income or intelligence.

    • Adam Wasik

      Quite the ignorant response.
      The story in itself is sad and should be a time where condolences go out to the victims family, the police officers involved, and their families.

      • Jennifer Reid

        Amen, Adam.

    • Dane Voeltz

      Move to Lakewood if you don’t like it here. Because, no one likes a bigot.

  • Racheal Stanuszek

    Because he didn’t drop his gun they shot him? Couldn’t they have just tazed him or something? Seems a little harsh to shoot him dead for not dropping the gun. Now if maybe he aimed it at them, then I could see it. But the article said it was because he didn’t drop his weapon. Sounds to me like they might’ve jumped the gun with that one.

    • JW

      You stare down the barrel of what looks like a loaded gun and tell us all you won’t shoot first if given the chance. I dare you.

      Besides, tasers aren’t exactly long range weapons.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Maybe they could have shot it out of his hand like they do on TV…how foolish are you

    • Count_Iblis

      The stupidity is great with this one

    • David Root

      You were right on the mark with your defense of Section 8 communities. Generalizing a subset of a community on one criteria is small-mionded. We don’t know all of the individual stories of Section 8 residents.

      On this point, though, you could not be more incorrect. It takes an instant to raise a weapon and puill a trigger and bullets harm intended targets just as easily as they do unintended targets. Further, it takes slightly MORE than an instant to identify it (action and reaction being what they are), aim and fire AND it is nearly impossible for even trained shooters to incapictate someone with a single shot or several shooters with several bullets (there is no magic bullet in a cop’s gun and a taser is SO less effective AND less accurate). The bad guy’s bullets don’t fall harmlessly over the good guy’s shoulder, the bad guy doesn’t jus fall down dead nor stand their looking harmlessly at the gun shot in his chest before collapsing, and the good guy doesn’t just wince and shake off the bullet that gets through his bullet-RESiSTANT vest.

      For these reasons, you get one chance to drop the gun in your hand. Most cops don’t even follow this rule, repeating the command numerous times and it is already unfair to ask more of the police that we rely on to protect us. Would you keep a gun in YOUR hand with a cop or SEVERAL cops pointing guns at you? Who would? I can lawfully carry a weapon most places in the world. I can assure you, I will not be shot by a cop because I refused to follow his lawful commands when he arrives to the scene that i myself called him to.

      • Crystal Marie Scaff

        All of you “so wonderful and angel ” people who the first thing that comes out there mouth when something like this happens are the most ignorant self absorbed individuals out there and I can only pray that you don’t fall on bad times or rough spots and find yourself on the system and if you do I hope they DENY DENY DENY you u all make me sick. Not all individuals who receive assistance is trash. Maybe you should clean your own backyard once in a while. Let’s remember here that a life was lost and officers have to deal with the mental impact of taking someones lives…. Let’s focus on the real story here instead of you losers that have nothing better to do then try and put others down…. SMH what’s wrong with the world and the people who live in it

      • SB

        It’s pure ignorance on the part of anyone who targets a group of people and judges them all based on the description of some bad apples.

        Crazy doesn’t discriminate. It isn’t based on income level. Anyone can fall on hard times, but it doesn’t make them a bad person. There’s a cluster of nuts who blame everything in the world on certain groups of people or political party affiliation or color of shoes . . . anything is fair game it seems.

      • avgjoe

        No I dont think anyone is saying all are trash POS but probably a majority you know the “lifers” who live on gubernment assistance rather than work. (yes I know there is a SMALL % who are actually disabled ect)

    • Jon Koehler

      No if their face with a deadly weapon, the gun, they are allowed and they should be allowed to meet and over come the threat, deadly force. .

    • avgjoe

      Ok honey I will type very slowly so your small closed LIEberal mind might have a chance of following. See you watch way too much TV for the officers to use the tazers they’d have to let the guy get with in 25 feet to be close enough for them to use the tazer. The guy was advancing on them with a “gun” in the dark and refused to drop it ow close where they supposed to let him get toots? Alos when you shoot you dont shoot to “wing” someone like on TV. Also people dont dive dunk & roll & shoot 7 people with a 6 shoter like on TV either. I will also let you in on another SECRET on TV you will see a 90 lb soaking wet broad take out 3 6 ft 4 “linebackers using kung-judit-krate-do sorry to bust you bubble but it anit gonna happen.

  • SB

    IDK, if the police told me to drop what I was holding, I’d drop it. The police are there to protect, and that would include remaining alive to protect and serve another day. Not sure how true it is, but I heard this was a suicide by cop. My heart goes out to the family left behind and the police officers who had to make such a tough decision and have to live with this for the rest of their lives.

    • Jennifer Reid

      Amen, SB. Well said.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Suicide by cop it sounds like

  • Chief Wahoo

    I guess the Bricktucky public takers in costumes were sad the thugs in costumes in the country were getting all the press for shooting citizens. And wanted to become their own Heroes.

    It’s interesting that they have no hesitation in putting down a threat to them while a mother of nine has to fend for herself. Protect and Serve themselves. Now stop resisting !!!

  • Amanda D’Addario

    Nobody here knows the story because nobody was fucking there. Not a single one of you. Regardless of his class, race, religion, any of it no 21 year old human being deserves to be shot dead instantly over something that could have easily been avoided. Witnesses say he was turned over with his hands above his head, now, you can’t believe everything you hear or see but ABSOLUTELY regardless nobody ever deserves to be shot and killed, ever. Get your priorities in order you judgemental assholes. If it were someone from your family, you wouldn’t be feeding into it.

    • SB

      Were YOU there?

    • Count_Iblis

      Two questions, were you there? and what police academy class did you graduate from? I’m guessing your answer is no to both questions, so basically you are unqualified to make any statement in regards to this incident.

    • Jennifer Reid

      Um, I heard the man who died was in his late 40s. Yes, I know that doesn’t change the situation, but just wondering if what I learned is incorrect.

      • Amanda D’Addario

        Yea it’s incorrect because it was my childhood friend who passed.

  • Spell Check

    Why are white people not taking to the streets after this one???? If this happened to someone of the black community Al Sharpton would be down there immediately having the police force fired or some nonsense.

    • Dane Voeltz

      Lots of conflicting stories still. Being Cherrywood, a rather nice neighborhood, i’m sure someone has a home recording system that possibly captured it, since as always, the cops had the dash cams, and chest cams off. Can’t wait until that’s finally in effect, that they must be on 24/7. If the glove doesn’t fit…

      • Jon Koehler

        And where is it stated that they had cameras or that they were turned off.?

      • jerseyleaf429

        Word of the officer that shot the boy. Officer Ryan Osborn.

      • avgjoe

        Boy? he was 21 so sounds like youre WRONG again Also so the officer who shot this guy “admitted the cameras were off & he shot him when his hands were up? Man Ive got a bridge to sell you

      • jerseyleaf429

        also, according to the father of the boy, the video evidence proving that hands were in the air, legs spread, and no gun will be released Friday 🙂

      • avgjoe

        yup and you believe mike brown had his hands up too?

  • Adam Wasik

    Not necessary to assume these people are section 8. What does that have to do with anything?
    Quite the ignorant response.
    The story in itself is sad and should be a time where condolences go out to the victims family, the police officers involved, and their families.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Great job by the Brick Police. We are lucky to have them. Stay safe and keep up the great job keeping Brick citizens safe.

    • Chief Wahoo

      Dan Neeo Nazi. Protects the gang on blue costumes. Censors all posts that even questions what the truth is. Shameful. A man was killed. Perhaps murdered. Thou shall not kill. (Nothing about ok if in costumes with shiney badges.) For all of Bricks sake , let’s hope that video doesn’t show what I’m hearing it may.

  • J.D. Green

    I am still shocked that the victim’s picture has not been shown. What’s holding this up?

    • Jon Koehler

      1 he wasn’t a victim, he was the subject, the actor, the criminal. WTH. What does a picture do. nothing

  • SoWhat?