Berkeley police found a man dead in the
municipal court bathroom tonight, apparently from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound, Sgt. James J. Smith said.
Sgt. Brian Woermer discovered the body of the white male around 10:45 p.m. Smith said.
The name of the man is being withheld pending notification of kin, he said.
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the county Criminal Investigations
Unit, and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department are heading to the scene
Municipal court was not in session on Tuesday or Tuesday
night. The courtroom was locked. The man apparently gained entrance to
the building through the lobby door. There are separate bathrooms for
men and women in the lobby, Smith said.
"We don't know what time he came in," Smith said.
began to search public buildings tonight, after a car was found in the
Town Hall parking lot believed to belong to a person reported missing,
Patrolman Jonathan Mulvihill had already begun
investigating the missing person report earlier Tuesday. Detective
Joseph Santoro and Patrolman Scott Stoker discovered the car in the
parking lot, Smith said.
"We are still trying to determine if it's the person reported missing," he said. "The
investigation will continue throughout the night and more details will
be released tomorrow," Smith said late Tuesday night.
Come back to Berkeley Patch for more details on this story on Wednesday.