ASBURY PARK, NJ — Two unrelated fatal shootings — one involving a police officer — occurred overnight in Asbury Park within four hours and within one mile of each other.
At about 10:19 p.m. last night, James Manzo, 27, of 305 Seventh Avenue, Asbury Park, was fatally wounded by a city police officer after he emerged from his room in the boarding house with a pair of scissors, according to the state Attorney General’s Office, which is conducting the investigation — a requirement under state law for police-involved shootings.
Responding to a report that Manzo was behaving erratically, police upon their arrival entered the building and attempted to talk with the victim at his doorway, according to a press release by the attorney general’s office.
After a time, Manzo attempted to shut his door on the officers, but he then emerged armed with the scissors, the release said. During the encounter, one officer fired at Manzo, who was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. on July 23.
The investigation by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force is ongoing, and no further information is being released at this time, the release said.
The other incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m. today at 707 Sewall Avenue, where city police responded to a report of a gunshot victim and found Jabar Busby of 709 Sewall Avenue unresponsive with a gunshot wound, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Busby, 32, was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he was pronounced deceased at 2:33 a.m. on July 24.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Patrick Petruzziello of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443, or Detective Thomas Gogan of the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-774-1300.
Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.
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