UPDATE: Beachwood Officer Shot Man Who Ignored Commands To Drop Handgun

52-year-old Beachwood man died of injuries, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says

A man who ignored repeated requests to drop a handgun outside the High Velocity Sports Bar on Route 166 was shot and killed by a Beachwood police officer late last night, Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel Paulhus said.

Sgt. Bruce Harris was on routine patrol in a marked police cruiser when he encountered Mark Tanouye, 52, "causing a disturbance" near the sports bar on Route 166 around 10:50 p.m, Paulhus said.

Harris, who was in uniform, got out of his patrol car and confronted Tanouye in the sports bar parking lot, said Paulhus.

"He ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon," Paulhus said. "The officer discharged his weapon and the male suffered fatal injuries."

Tanouye was carrying a .25 caliber handgun. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His last known address was in Beachwood, Paulhus said.

Sgt. Harris has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is continuing, which is standard procedure, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

The state Attorney General's Office was notified about the shooting, Ford said.

"An investigation is being conducted by my office pursuant to the Attorney General’s guidelines concerning the use of force," Ford said.

Anyone with any information concerning this investigation is asked to
contact Detective Thomas Tiernan of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at
(732) 929-2027.

Tanouye was last admitted to state prison in March 2008 and was released March 2012 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.

On May 5 of that year, Tanouye impersonated a public servant, a charge which he also served prison time for, and used aliases such as Gregory Bartholomew, Bartholemew Dangalow, Mark Dangelo and Mark Tonouge, according to the state Department of Corrections.

The prison term was a mandatory 48-month sentence that carried a maximum of seven years.

The parking lot of the High Velocity Sports bar was roped off with police tape in the early morning darkness. Beachwood police, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the Ocean County Criminalistics Investigative Unit and the Beachwood Fire Department were on the scene.

Toms River Patch Editor Catherine Galioto contributed to this article.

kf July 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
kf July 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Michael, Exactly what would you have done different if you were the police officer?
1stcav July 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Yes a free man, With a Gun and HE wasn't allowed to own OR carry, you forgot THAT part....Drunk, convict, and also STUPID says it all, a 20 time LOOSER !!!!!! How many chances do we give you to straighten out ???? He had it all and THROUGH it away , sad but true !
Tapuout July 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Sayin the truth your ignorant go hug another tree cops aren't taught to wound their taught to stop the threat which causes risk of death or serious bodily harm to them or the community hmm man with a gun that's a convicted felon sounds dangerous to me sort of like you with a keyboard moron
Hollowman July 21, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Bill, so you suggest blinding or angering a man carrying a firearm? It doesnt remove the weapon from his hand and pepper spray only makes him blind, not stopping his ability to pull a trigger and kill or injure someone. And NJ doesnt have or allow police to use tasers, but that isnt a good idea either since being electrocuted produces sympathetic "clenching" in most muscles. If his finger was on the trigger, an electrical shock would have forced him to clench his hand, and pull the trigger of the gun. And Use a baton? so move from a position of relative safety and cover from a safe distance, to within 2 feet (arms length) of a man with a gun??? You're kidding right?
barbara July 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM
yes, a free man, served his time, parole board gave him a break and let him out early, so he pakcs a gun, gets drunk and puts innocent people in harms way. real bright. seriously???????
Rick July 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
How exactly would shooting him in the arm or leg have disarmed him? And where in this article did it say that he was drunk? Since you seem to have more knowledge of the situation than the rest of us maybe you could tell us just how intoxicated.
Rick July 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
KF Micheal seems to have a negative attitude toward all law enforcement people. It makes me wonder what his record looks like.
JR July 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Mike you are an idiot . and i emphasize the .
Rick July 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Does anyone here think that Sgt Harris arrived on the scene knowing what Mr Tanouye's criminal record was? All he was concerned with was the CURRENT situation. Do you think he was close enough to him to use an alternative such as pepper spray, taser or a baton?
kazoome July 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Sgt Harris did the right thing,took out a dangerous man with a gun......he was able to go home to his wife and kids that night as was every other innocent bystander that was there that night
Know the facts July 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Ok so everyone that has a criminal record should have the right to get shot ( fatal) Well, there goes the Prop/ or parole jobs... JUST KILL EM' all right.. THATS INGORANT!!
Burt M. July 22, 2012 at 01:55 AM
the guy had a gun. he was not hunting. that gun was made to kill people. period. the cop did the right thing.!!!
Beverly July 22, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Dear Kristen, NJ Ghost, and take_the_power_back... The shoppe that is opening in Beachwood is no assumption as it says in broad lettering right outside that it will be selling knives and other items that they call "gifts". So it is a weapon shoppe that has a skull and crossbones on the sign. The sign is home_made at best and a rental. I am sure they are within the guidelines of the NJ State and if you recall the shop in Toms River "Guns and Roses" is applying to buy and sell legal weapons too. So say as you wish, but the police department is "way" on top of every trashy looking new establishments that depict "seedy" looking signs and therefore one more thing to have to watch for trouble. And oh just so you know, I use to work at the Heating and cooling place that is now a Chiropractor establishment located next to the High Velocity. Several years ago it was the Thursday night police watch from the building window to the High Velocity for the drugs and license plates of those "dealing" who would show up. It was a good location and many handcuffs were placed on persons with outstanding warrants or drug activity. So I know exactly what I am talking about since I was "there" for the changing of the guards.Been living in Beachwood for over 25 years and have compliments for our Police Department. And believe me the Officer knew exactly who he was I am sure since they know who gets out of jail and is lurking around.
Covering up alittle? July 22, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Guns dont kill people ... People Kill people ( or in this case Police kill Drunk intoxicated people) that he couldnt take control of in a better way
grace July 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
i agree ghost! i have no relation to any police but i must say i thank god for them...
Rick July 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
CHRIS SMITH July 22, 2012 at 06:52 PM
A Gun!!!!
squanto274 July 23, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Bill- possibly the dumbest thing I read all day. Cop was doing his job to "protect and serve." He did it well, I'd say. Who knows what type of problems he would have caused. If he didn't want trouble, why did he get himself drunk and bring a gun to a bar?
squanto274 July 23, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Jean- you've watched too many Lethal Weapon movies. If I or my family is in the vicinity of a hardened criminal who is armed and looking for trouble, please officer- shoot to kill!
knwtTRUEsry July 23, 2012 at 02:52 AM
uhhh if a police man can take down a a man over 50 thats very drunk.. .without KILLIKNG him thats a problem. the guy was so drunk dought he even knew what was going on. HE WAS NOT waving the gun in any treating matter... Shoot in in the leg & take him down NO Need to kill him.
knwtTRUEsry July 23, 2012 at 02:54 AM
sorry typos.. tired & annoyed about people that where not there making comments while PPL that where there comments getting deleted
JOHNNY Done it July 23, 2012 at 03:40 AM
YEA your right maybe have a dozen lawyers there to talk him out of it you must be in the same class as that idiot.......let me rephrase that a convicted criminal of at least 25 offenses going into a bar with a weapon waiting for someone to start a fight with or was there to sell Avon products DUH..
John July 24, 2012 at 03:25 AM
There is talk all around town that MT had a cigarette lighter that looked like a gun, the Prosecutors Office at this point says it was a gun. Where there any crime scene photos of the gun in his hand or on the ground next to him? Does that bar have video of the parking lot that captured all of this? Did Harris point his car with headlights at the MT and was his dash cam on? It won't change anything he was given a command but didn't respond correctly and the officer did what he thought was the right thing, but the truth is what the public demands. Some had the Duke players already going to jail until the truth came out. So, gun or lighter?
Rick July 24, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Geeze, Are people still commenting on this thread? Can't we get back to the really important things in the world, like What Justin Bieber is doing or who the Kardashian are dating?
. July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Apparently, you are too.
John July 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM
If MT lived in Beachwood at one time he must have at least heard of him. I wonder if the town is notified when he was released? The article says Harris was on routine patrol, if MT was causing a problem at the bar, were the police called and a dispatch sent out, the dispatch logs would show that. Usually when something like this happens the press is all over the people that are at the scene for interviews, the people in the bar (maybe looking out the window) were there people in the parking lot when the shooting took place or across the street near the Beachwood Pub? Seems like everyone got out of there pretty fast except law inforcement. I guess that's why the investigation will take a while.
Randolph Targos August 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
i live in Beachwood and that bar has had issues since it OPENED!!! Maybe the politicions and the town will now be able to close this cancer in our town and keep the other questionable people out of our town!!! Good job Srgt Harris!!! mrcamaross69
Gino De Lucia August 08, 2012 at 05:27 AM
First of all, you need to learn how to spell~(politicions?). Second, it's not the bar; it's some of the morons that happen to stumble into the place! The owners~(John & Sean) are good people & they do their best to try to keep idiots like the guy that got shot out of their establishmment. Unfortunately~ that's not so easy to do these days and I'm sure that every bar owner will tell you that too! Like the old saying goes: "There's a rotten apple in every barrel!"
Pale Rider August 26, 2012 at 05:50 AM
If I may make a few minor corrections...Don't POINT a firearm at a cop, regardless of real or fake. All the cop sees is the apparent threat. FYI...cops are civilians, only ACTIVE MILITARY are MILITARY. Free law-abiding citizens have the natural right, a Constitutionally RECOGNIZED right to preserve their own pecious life as well as the life(s) of loved ones and other victims of immediate deadly violence. That recognized natural right, however, especially in NJ, has been and is continuing to be abrogated, along with our other natural rights...UNALIENABLE as opposed to INALIENABLE...the Constitution does not give rights; it recognizes those rights. However, not too long ago, at a political rally of some type, Sen. Lautenberg, D, NJ, directed his hysteria at opposition protesters by empahtically stating, "What are they protesting? They're lucky that WE GIVE THEM THEIR RIGHTS". Yet "people will still vote for him...to wit: Chapter Three of "THE MUMMY RETURNS...AGAIN"! It is absurd that the NJ legislature "Administratively" had made us all potential victims. Perhaps the only most obvious explaination for their betrayal of their SACRED OATH, is that, NJ is neither a republic nor a democracy, but rather an IDIOCRACY.


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