It was anything but quiet for police in Bridgewater and Franklin Township on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Bridgewater Police, assisted by the Somerset County SWAT team and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office were able to neutralize a stand-off with a man armed with a weapon peacefully after 90 minutes on Christmas Eve; three hours later, police in Franklin Township and the Prosecutor's Office were investigating a shooting that wounded a North Brunswick man.
The stand-off with the 57-year-old Bridgewater man began at 10:04 p.m. Christmas Eve after police received a 911 call from a family member inside the home on Evagrod Street, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Robertson provided the following account of the stand-off:
Bridgewater Police were able to escort two occupants from the home soon after answering the call; a nearby residence was also evacuated.
Responding patrol units were backed up by Bridgewater Police detectives along with the Somerset County SWAT team, Crisis Negotiators, Somerset County Tactical Emergency Medical Services, and the Somerset County Communications Mobile Command Post.
The man inside the home asked to speak with Bridgewater Police Detective Sergeant Thomas Rice, who along with crisis negotiators spoke with him and worked towards a successful solution. He surrendered to the SWAT team and was taken to an area hospital for medical evaluation.
Robertson commended the swift emergency response from all the agencies involved which resulted in a peaceful resolution
Robertson provided the following account of the shooting in Franklin Township:
Franklin Police received a call at 12:17 a.nm. Christmas day from officials at an area hospital that they were performing emergency surgery on a gunshot victim, a 25-year-old man from North Brunswick..
A preliminary investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and Franklin Police has determined that the shooting may have occurred on Stothoff Street, in the Somerset section of Franklin Township.
Investigators are attempting to determine the exact location of the shooting, if it was an isolated incident, and if the victim was the intended target, but have received limited cooperation
Robertson requests anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.