FREEHOLD, NJ — An off-duty NJ Transit police officer, whose gun accidently discharged during a porch fight in Belmar last night, has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and violating a borough ordinance, according to authorities.
Kevin O’Brien of Asbury Park was arrested by Belmar police after responding to a disturbance in the area of 11th and Ocean Avenues at about 11:41 p.m. on August 29, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
O’Brien allegedly struck an unidentified woman during an altercation with several individuals on a porch of a house, whose location was not disclosed. When the woman’s family members came to her aid, O’Brien’s weapon became dislodged and accidently discharged as he attempted to regain possession of the firearm, the office said.
While the woman suffered minor injuries from being struck by O’Brien, there were no injuries as a result of the weapon's firing, authorities said.
The charges filed against O'Brien are disorderly persons offenses, and discharging the firearm within the borough’s limits is a violation of its municipal code.
O’Brien, whose age was not known, has been suspended without pay, according to an NJ Transit spokesperson. He is a 2017 graduate of the Mercer County Police Academy.
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