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South Plainfield Man Accidently Shoots Self While Camping, Then Gets Arrested

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A South Plainfield resident admitted to accidently shooting himself in the foot while camping in the woods in Piscataway last Friday September 11th and was subsequently arrested for multiple firearm violations.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano and Green Brook Township Chief of Police Christopher Kurz at approximately 8:22 a.m. 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 Green Brook Patrol Officers made contact with defendant Monahan, who indicated to officers that he accidentally shot himself in the foot while camping in a wooded area in Piscataway, New Jersey.  Monahan also informed Officers that the weapon he utilized was in his vehicle which was parked in the parking lot of 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 (2) loaded magazines, two (2) ballistic vests and a pair of handcuffs.  Detectives have ascertained that defendant Monahan does not possess a New Jersey Firearms Identification Card nor is he employed in any law enforcement capacity.

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Prosecutor Soriano states that as a result of this investigation, detectives arrested and charged defendant Monahan with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 2nd Degree, Certain Persons not to have Weapons, a 2nd Degree, and Prohibited Weapons and Devices (handcuffs), a Disorderly Person’s Offense. 

Bail for defendant Monahan was set at $75,000.

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.

Note: These charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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