Probe Into Fatal Shooting Outside High Velocity Sports Bar Still Ongoing
Toxicological test results on Mark Tanouye won't be available for next several weeks, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says
Toxicological tests on a 52-year-old Beachwood man shot and killed by Beachwood Sgt. Bruce Harris on July 19 won't be back until at least after Labor Day, Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulus said.
And there is no timetable for the completion of the investigation into the shooting, he said.
Harris was in uniform in a marked police cruiser when he responded to a 10:50 p.m. call about a man "creating a disturbance" in the parking lot of the sports bar on Route 166, Paulhus has said.
Harris got out of his patrol car and confronted Tanouye in the sports bar parking lot. Tanouye was carrying a .25 caliber handgun, Paulhus has said.
"He ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon," Paulhus said. "The officer discharged his weapon and the male suffered fatal injuries."
Tanouye was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined he died of a single gunshot would to the chest.
Harris is on administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is standard procedure, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford has said.
Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to
contact Detective Thomas Tiernan of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at
Tanouye had a lengthy criminal record. He was last admitted to state prison in March 2008 and was released March 2012 from South Woods State Prison, on one count of terroristic threats to kill, and one count of weapons possession for an unlawful purpose. The charges stemmed from an incident in May 14, 2006, according to the state Departments of Corrections website.
On May 5 of that year, Tanouye impersonated a public servant, a charge which he also served prison time for. He used aliases such as Gregory Bartholomew, Bartholemew Dangalow, Mark Dangelo and Mark Tonouge, according to the DOC website.
The prison term was a mandatory 48-month sentence that carried a maximum of seven years.