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Man Charged with Loaded Shotgun at Police Headquarters; 500 Pound Pig Taken into Custody

TOMS RIVER-Police in Toms River confiscated a loaded shotgun in the vehicle of a man who turned himself in on a possible arrest warrant on Monday.  Police searched the man’s home and found a 500 lb pig which was taken into custody by Animal Control officers.

According to a police report issued by the Toms River Police Department, on Monday July 8, 2019 at approximately 7:00 AM police arrested Joseph Kelly, 56 of Toms River, in the parking lot of the Toms River Police Department. Mr. Kelly told police that he may have a warrant for his arrest. Further investigation revealed a loaded shotgun serving no legitimate purpose in Mr. Kelly’s vehicle. Mr. Kelly was charged and later transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. Based upon statements Mr. Kelly made during detention, his residence on Egret Drive was checked for the safety of any additional occupants. The residence was found to be vacant; however, additional weapons and ammunition were located inside. Due to the unknown age and condition of some of the located munitions, the New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit responded and assisted in their removal as a precautionary measure. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office also assisted in the investigation. Egret Drive had been closed for several hours, but has since been reopened.

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Also assisting on scene was Silverton Fire Company, East Dover Fire Company and Office of Emergency Management. Animal Control removed a 500lb pig from the residence for safe keeping. At no time were threats made to the public. This is a continuing investigation, additional charges are pending.

The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

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