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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.

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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