A Brick Township man is accused at shooting a gun at police officers before turning the weapon on himself after allegedly being caught breaking into a home.
The incident played out Monday at approximately 8:40 a.m., when Brick police received a 911 call from a woman stating that she had been notified by her Ring doorbell camera that her ex-husband, identified as Corey Johnson, 28, of Brick Township, had broken into her residence on Judy Court.
A joint investigation by local and county authorities found the woman left her place of employment and was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when she arrived at the parking lot of her residence, located in the Evergreen Woods section. Johnson, who had since exited the residence, then pulled his motor vehicle in front of the female’s vehicle, thereby blocking her in, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
A Brick Township police officer soon arrived on scene, and as the officer exited his vehicle, Johnson exited his own vehicle and fired one shot in the direction of the officer, striking the windshield of the officer’s vehicle, the statement said.. The officer was uninjured.
Immediately after firing the weapon at the officer, who was not identified, Johnson turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head. Responding Officers rendered aid to Johnson; he was thereafter transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he is currently listed in critical condition.
The matter remains an active and ongoing investigation under the direction of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, with the assistance of the Brick Township Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.