SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department announced an arrest in an incident last week that ended with a suspect fleeing with a handgun. Officers tracked down the suspect who ran away from a dispute Tuesday evening after showing a gun. Officers responded to a 911 call at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday on Pierson Street, reporting a dispute where a male showed a handgun.

The 911 caller told police the suspect and three other people fled the area in a grey Volkswagen Passat. Shortly after the call, South Brunswick Police Department Officer Bryan Garrison observed the Volkswagen with four occupants traveling on Northumberland Way. Officer Garrison followed while waiting for backup. Officer Mike Leung and Officer Gerry Sarno along with Sergeant Mike Kuchma joined Garrison on Kingston Lane where three officers conducted a high-risk motor vehicle stop.

According to information released by the South Brunswick Police Department, the occupants were detained. A search of the vehicle by officers recovered five .38 caliber bullets from the front seat passenger area of the vehicle, but did not find a weapon. Following the vehicle search, officers retraced the route the Volkswagen had taken after it was initially spotted. The officers were able to recover a loaded Taurus 38 model black handgun in the grass off Major Road near Falcongate Drive. The handgun was loaded and included hollow point ammunition.

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Detectives determined through the course of the investigation that the occupants of the car had been in a physical altercation with an individual on Pierson Street. During the dispute the front passenger of the car, Shyrone Manning pulled up his shirt and displayed the handgun in his waist. Manning is a 20-year-old resident of Piscataway.

Then, the group got into the Volkswagen and left the scene. After spotting the officer, Manning threw the gun out of the vehicle. Manning was charged with possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of hollow point bullets, hindering apprehension and possession of ammunition without a firearms ID card. Manning is currently being housed in the Middlesex County Correction Center awaiting his first court appearance.

“In less than 10 minutes from when the woman called 911, officers were able to locate the vehicle, take the suspect into custody and recover the firearm," South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said. "That is only possible with great officers and teamwork. Officer Garrison showed great skill in monitoring the suspect vehicle while awaiting further backup."

"His quick observation of the suspect vehicle was key to catching this suspect,” Hayducka added, “The suspect showed no concern for the public when he threw the loaded handgun out on the grass near an apartment complex filled with kids. If not for the diligent work of the officers retracing the vehicle’s path, this case could have turned tragic.”