BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A 911 call just before midnight led Bridgewater and Somerville police to pull over a car on Route 22 eastbound late Saturday night with several passengers, including a man with a single gunshot wound, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The caller reported the vehicle was heading south on North Bridge Street towards Somerville.
Despite administering lifesaving measures, the man died after he was transported to an area trauma center by emergency medical personnel. Police did not identify the victim.
Robertson provided the following account:
Bridgewater police determined the victim had been shot at a residence in the vicinity of Bayberry Road and Foothill Road and went there and spoke with several people leaving the residence, while several remained inside, according to Bridgewater Township Acting Chief of Police Captain Paul Payne.
A mutual aid call for service was requested, Somerset County Law Enforcement Officers from several municipalities along with New Jersey State Police Troopers from the Somerville Barracks responded to form a tactical perimeter. A brief shelter in place was initiated for local residents. The Somerset County SWAT team and County Crisis Negotiators were called in, who subsequently made contact with five occupants inside the house. They complied with law enforcement and exited the residence without incident.
Bridgewater Police Department detectives along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit are actively conducting the homicide investigation.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Bridgewater Police Department at (908) 722-4111, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit (908) 231-7100, 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). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.