News release published by Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office:
Today (3/14/17) the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI, were dispatched to the Silver Ridge Apartments located at 109 Edgewood Court in Toms River reference a reported police involved shooting.
OCPO’s investigating detectives preliminarily report that at approximately 12:30 pm, two members of the Toms River Police Department were following up on a prior report of a person believed to be in need of professional mental health intervention services. During the course of their investigation a physical altercation took place after making contact with the 56 year old white male subject. That altercation lead to the discharge of a service weapon(s). The male subject was subsequently pronounced deceased. An autopsy by the Ocean County Medical Examiners Office will be conducted and a full report regarding the cause and manner of death will be included in future investigative findings.
At this time the investigation and scene processing are the priority. When all the facts and circumstances surrounding the event are definitively confirmed a full account will be issued to the press by our office. This will not take place today. We ask for your patience and willingness to refrain from soliciting unofficial sources in an effort to rush to judgement.