Pleasantville carjacker charged with felony murder

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MAYS LANDING- A Pleasantville man has been charged with felony murder, carjacking and weapons offenses in connection to the fatal shooting of Ivan Smith on November 13, 2021, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

Jermaine Wharton, 32, is charged with the following offenses:

  • 1st degree Felony Murder
  • 1st degree Murder
  • 1st degree Carjacking
  • 2nd degree Poss. Weapon Unlawful Purpose
  • 1st degree Unlawful Poss. Weapon

On November 13, 2021, at approximately 9:19 a.m., the Pleasantville Police Department received a Shot Spotter alert and 911 call in reference to a shooting incident at 914 N. Main Street.  When Pleasantville Police Officers arrived, they located Smith, 41, of Somers Point, laying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. Medical personnel also responded to the scene and performed CPR, but they were unable to revive Smith.  Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at the Atlantic County Justice Facility where he is currently in custody on an unrelated matter, Wharton was charged with these offenses.

This is an active and cooperative investigation between the ACPO Major Crimes Unit, Pleasantville Police Department and Millville Police Department.