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Man Found Dead In Berkeley Municipal Court Bathroom Tuesday Night

Investigation ongoing through the night, more details to be released later today

By Patricia A. Miller

by Patricia A. Miller

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.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the county Criminal Investigations Unit, and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department are heading to the scene now.

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.

Police 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, he said.

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.

Keeping whats mine January 08, 2014 at 06:26 AM
Judge Jury and executioner. The End
Joe Ciampoli January 08, 2014 at 06:53 AM
Well apparently you can enter the courthouse with a weapon and no one notices. Could be the guy who robbed jersey mikes and walked away into daylight. Let's hire a few more seriously unqualified police officers.
WhatstheRealProblem January 08, 2014 at 07:13 AM
So how is this the fault of the police Mr Ciampoli? I guess you'll blame the cold weather on them too? You're the reason why tiger's eat their young.
Barbara January 08, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Lax security..wake up call...could have been a much bigger problem if he decided to hurt others.
John Walton January 08, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Lax security? You people realize he walked into the courthouse after hours, courtroom is locked but the heavy outer doors were unlocked, probably so people can access the restrooms under normal circumstances. This is tragic, has nothing to do with the police or security.
WhatstheRealProblem January 08, 2014 at 07:49 AM
John Walton is a man who uses his head. Thank you John for seeing it as it is.
impeach1 January 08, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Why am I paying for this? More trouble on the Mainland. Time to go in another direction. Seaside Park here we come.
patch_reader January 08, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Next thing im gonna hear about is you want a cop in every courthouse. Cops in schools, cops in dmv, cops in shops...does it ever end??? Police state.
Patricia A. Miller (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Actually, patch-reader, there is a police officer in the room when municipal court is in session.
Eddie January 08, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Want the REAL story? Years back, Berkeley Police/Court Clerk locked the exterior door to the Municipal Courtroom every day as to secure the building. THEN, when a member of the public who needed to use the restroom after hours had to be allowed to enter the secure police station to do so. People on both sides of the spectrum complained. The building was not for the public police said, others complained that it was a public building and the public should be able to use the restroom. The BEST solution to the problem was either make an access area from the lobby of the police station to the rest rooms which would cost money or to secure the inside doors to the courtroom and leave the outside doors unlocked. Thus, saving the twp money and giving the people complaining what they wanted. There you go all you armchair quarterbacks, that is how it came about.
patch_reader January 08, 2014 at 09:45 AM
If you want to have public restrooms afterhours, put johhny on the spots outside, and make sure you bolt them down.
Mattie January 08, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Doesn't matter whether the outer /lobby doors are locked or not... what matters is either there are NO cameras watching the lobby area or bathroom areas, or no one is monitoring those security cameras and noticing a man going IN to the bathroom after hours, and NOT COMING OUT within a few minutes. What if he had planted a bomb in there? What if his intentions were to kill others and not himself? And let's not forget he had a weapon on him as well. Sloppy security. Very sloppy.
grace January 08, 2014 at 10:09 AM
wow this is awful..what a shame for his family and for the officers who found him..what could have been so bad? idk but it makes me sad to think about it
Terry Terry January 08, 2014 at 11:08 AM
People are quick to make judgements. Perhaps you should all wait until all the facts are known before making any judgements or making any comments!
Patricia A. Miller (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Hi folks, Still waiting for more information on this unfortunate incident. But I can tell you thedoors to the municipal courtroom lobby are locked each day at the end of working hours.
Pandora January 08, 2014 at 11:43 AM
If the incident happened after hours, how can anyone blame security?
John Walton January 08, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Mattie, ridiculous, you are really reaching. You need some security.
Mac January 08, 2014 at 11:58 AM
RIP Mr. Unknown. I suspect more information on these tragic events is forthcoming. Until then, I agree with patch_reader. We do not need a fully trained police officer guarding empty buildings or parts of empty buildings just because someone might want to use a potty. If there is a problem with security, put up a camera. Then when someone knocks on the door of a closed public building to use the bathroom, a fully trained police officer can buzz them in. Are you people really for real? The proper security for an unattended closed building, public or not, is to lock all the doors, not just some. And since when is the public allowed to demand the use a public restroom in a closed public building at will? From a security point of view, that is a no-brainer terrorist threat activity in today's vision of our world.
bayway mike January 08, 2014 at 12:13 PM
After reading this story, I have the feeling that not all is being told.. Stay tuned folks..
Jane Doh January 14, 2014 at 04:07 AM
If your home was being burglarized, you would change your tune fast. Surely you wouldn't want to wait around for help while there is a paid police officer securing the toilet of court afterhours. I agree it should be locked for safety.
patch_reader January 14, 2014 at 05:43 AM
What is the real reason to keep these doors unlocked? If someone really had to use the potty that bad the police hdqrts is in the same parking lot and someone is always in that building.

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