SOMERVILLE, NJ – Patrick M. Monahan of South Plainfield was indicted in Somerset County Superior Court on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun and certain persons not to possess a handgun. Both charges are second degree offenses.
Monahan was indicted after admitting to accidently shooting himself in the foot while camping in the woods in Piscataway back on Sept 11. Bail has been set for $75,000.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano and Green Brook Township Chief of Police Christopher Kurz, at approximately 8:22 am on Sept 11, the Green Brook Township Police Department responded to a medical care facility located on Route 22 on a report of a male, later identified as Patrick M. Monahan of South Plainfield, who was seeking medical treatment for a gunshot wound to his right foot. Responding officers interviewed Monahan, who said he accidentally shot himself in the foot while camping in a wooded area in Piscataway.
Monahan also told officers the weapon he used was in his vehicle which was parked at the medical facility. Monahan was transferred to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for further medical treatment.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office obtained a Superior Court Ordered Search Warrant for Monahan’s vehicle. The search resulted in the seizure of a loaded Para 1911 .45 caliber pistol along with two loaded magazines, two ballistic vests and a pair of handcuffs. Detectives determined that Monahan did not possess a New Jersey Firearms Identification Card nor was he employed in any law enforcement capacity.
Prosecutor Soriano, Chief Fitzgerald, and Chief Kurz request anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Green Brook Township Police Department (732) 968-1188, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
These charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.