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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.

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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.