Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Says Beachwood Cop Took 'Appropriate Action' In Fatal Shooting

Sgt. Bruce Harris has had his gun returned to him

Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford has determined that Beachwood Police Sgt. Bruce Harris took appropriate action when he shot and killed in the parking lot of the High Velocity Sports Bar in July, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus said.

"It appears it's a lawful and appropriate use of deadly force," Paulhus said today. "The investigation is by no means over. But at this stage, the prosecutor has determined it to be an appropriate use of deadly force."

The Prosecutor's Office is preparing the results of the investigation to send to the state Attorney General's Office for review and a final determination on the incident, Paulhus said.

"These are just the normal steps in this type of process," he said. "We are in the process of putting it together and that will be made very soon."

Harris has had his service revolver returned to him, Paulhus said.

It will be up to Beachwood Police Chief William L. Cairns to determine when he will return to active duty, he said.

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 has said. "The officer discharged his weapon and the male suffered fatal injuries."

was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined he died of a single gunshot would to the chest.

Harris was put on administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is standard procedure, Ford has said.

The results of Tanouye's blood alcohol levels at the time of the shooting are not yet available, Paulhus said today.

"It's normally six to eight weeks," he said.

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.

John Shive September 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
well said Thomas.
Sandy Anagnostis-Peace September 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Ha ha another scumbag bit the dust!! Thankyou to the officer !!!
John Shive September 14, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Well said Thomas. Sgt. Harris is one of the finest officers out there. He did his job right and should be back out where he belongs.
gogo September 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM
i hope he does not go around and shoot more people.He needs to go to a practice range.
gogo September 14, 2012 at 10:51 PM
please do not shoot anymore people you can use the toms river firing range.I know you feared for your life.This is standard.File disability and you will get your pension tax free.This is normal.Then the town will rehire you as a consultant.
Sweetviolet September 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Ditto !
Sweetviolet September 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM
@ Gogo by the way he handled the situation ,he doesn't need to go to the practice range. He shot him because he had a gun ,and didn't drop it. He did his job ,and nobody else got hurt,because of his quick judgement.
Mimi Neuhaus September 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Gogo what planet are you from? The officer did the right thing.
Linda September 15, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Maybe I am ignorant but don't you think that the cop may have had other options. We weren't there, maybe he was really drunk, and didn't even realize what the cop was saying. he may have had the gun stuck in his pants, the cop saw it and started shaking in his pants, so his first thought was shoot to kill. the cops do have vest to protect themself, plus other equipment. They are well trained in shooting, there was no way he would have missed the arm or leg, He was just playing hero for the on lookers. No matter what the guys past was he didn't deserve this. If he had pulled the gun on the coward it would be a different story. The cop just shot and killed a defensless drunk, the poor guy wasn't able to defend himself even speak for himself. I would not give a criminal a slap on the hand, I believe if you do the crime you have to do the time. He did wrong and he did his time. But ignorant people like you don't understand that. You don't what his life was like or what caused him to do the things he did. Do you know why he drank to much that night, do you know why he had the gun? People like him have mental problems and need help. its a damn shame that he will never get it now. You hear it almost everyday where a cop has shot someone, and yes they get away with murder, is this fair ? They let the power of their badges go to there head and use this power to do what the hell they want. I agree they have to protect themself, but I don't think deadly force is always the answer.
Brian Holt September 15, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Maybe the man didn't deserve to be killed, but I must be an ignorant one too, because a repeat offender who has already been to jail on the occasion of threatening to kill and weapons charges was again with a weapon. This time it was concealed, which is illegal in NJ to do so and even if you were allowed to conceal, like many other states it is illegal to conceal carry in a bar if you are drinking. A law abiding citizen would 1. not conceal their weapon, 2. would obey the officer. Regardless whether or not the officer is right or wrong, they a charged with protecting citizens, enforcing laws, and keeping the peace, so they have the authority to ask questions and tell you to do something. Is it really that hard to follow directions? No, its not, if you do what's asked and it should only take a few minutes of your time. A normal person would learn from their mistakes after being punished the first time.
sgt studda September 15, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do wen they come for you!
Joe September 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM
New Jersey police can't carry so called zappers. It was a good shooting.
JOHNNY Done it September 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
you wouldnt understand until someone with a gun is in your presence..he wouldnt be selling vacuum cleaners ask some one in the armed forces ..shoot the guy in the leg his arm still works fine or his other arm ,.In to be sure he isnt getting up for round 2
JOHNNY Done it September 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
JOHNNY Done it September 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM
uneducated comment
Thomas September 15, 2012 at 01:04 PM
My only hope is that each of you who think the officers actions were wrong or extreme would face the same situation he was in. And Linda of course he was nervous, an intoxicated career criminal with a weapon wasn't following his commands. But to say he was showing off? You continue to show your complete and utter ignorance. I will boil this arguement down to your level so even you can understand. Nana Nana boo boo, stick your head in doo doo.
Booker t skittles September 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Just so you uneducated people know, the use of a firearm by a police officer is considered deadly force. If the officer discharges his weapon then he felt that others or himself were in danger for their lives. Under nj law you are not allowed to discharge your weapon just to injure or for any warning shots. So basically if he discharges the weapon ot is the eliminate the threat. Its funny because all the people saying the cop was wrong would be crying a different story if the drunk susp turned and shot somebody they knew at the bar. How would yhey like it if the cops and pros said " susp was drunk and did not know what was going on, we thought he was too drunk too actually hit someone". Good job sgt, you had no other choice
Keeping whats mine September 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Linda why don't you get a gun, go drinking in Beachwood act like an idiot in a parking lot and let the officer see if he can shoot you in the leg and arm then the chest. You are some kind of knowledge less fool.
KingNeptune September 15, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Justice served and another career criminal has been purged from the Earth. Great Job Sgt Harris, just glad there are heros like you out there to protect us from this scum.
bojangles September 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
First of all, Linda Morey...... Not only are you ignorant, You are extremely uneducated and a complete moron.... Reffering to an Officer as a coward????? are you kidding me!!!! Do you know Sgt Harris?? Im thinking no... Im glad some other people cleared up your zapper thingy comment... That officer has to protect and serve, If you think an intoxicated subject in a public place armed with a firearm is not a threat to public you need your head checked. That " poor defensless guy" an intoxicated person with a knife could have justified the officers actions.. Say you were standing next to that poor defensless drunk when the officer saw his weapon.. he grabbed onto your arm, now your a hostage... or this poor defensless, armed, drunk who cant think for himself is mad for whatever reason or is mentally unstable.. he decides tonight hes going down, and hes taking some people with him.... then what? Its people like you that make cops different from most civilians... the knowledge to see "red flags" to know the difference between a crediable threat and someone who is a "defenseless drunk". Do your self and all of us a favor.. Delete your account. Welcome back Sarge.. Stay alert Stay alive.
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Linda September 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM
delete your account. i did not call any on here names, but you guys are calling me names making treaths you should have your accounts deleted
stayathomemom September 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Linda, police are called upon to make life and death split second decisions and PROTECT THE PUBLIC. Its not even close! This event wouldn't even be considered for a Grand Jury for criminal charges for God Sake! What is wrong with you soft liberals out there who keep making excuses for all the bad people in this world? "he ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon" !!! thats all you need to know!!! What if this dirtbag was threatening one of your family members, would you have the police show up and request they spray him with mace? He would still be able to fire his gun, KILL THE COP AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBER! Jesus, it is scary how some people think out there...
Mr. Jenkins September 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Bojangles is right like I said in my first comment look at the facts. The man has a history of crime, the man was drunk, the man was armed with a gun! I am an Infantryman in the U.S. Army and let me tell you "Linda" it is not easy to simply shoot an arm or a leg, especially in the heat of the moment when it's go-time. This Officer both protected and served the public. He gave a clear warning to the threat, the criminal, and the man did not respond. After that not only is he in the right to engage the threat, it would have been wrong of him not to. He took one shot to the torso, the area that both police and armed forces are trained to shoot at first because it minimizes chance of missing the shot. The officer did a great job, he should be rewarded by all of us not badgered. Great work officer you made our streets a little safer, keep it up.
Elizabeth McLain September 16, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Another piece of garbage is off the streets and we have the brave officer to thank. He did the right thing and as a community we should stand behind him and his actions. I'm tired of paying for these creatures to rot in jail. As a taxpayer, I don't want to provide three hots and a cot for criminals - if they are proven guilty, they need to be put out of their misery. Death penalty? Yes and now.
bojangles September 16, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Miss Linda, Im sorry I called you bad names, I dont think anyone threatened you... Were all just trying to make it a clear point that we support the efforts of our law enforcement officers and brothers and sisters. Sarge did what was neccecary. Im sorry for offending you but get your head out of.... the hole its in. and Mr. Jenkins HOOOOAH!
JOHNNY Done it September 18, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Linda is an educated liberal.... Head to the middle east & talk down a guy with a bomb vest on , see how that works out for you....Geez he had a bomb on him ,No need to kill him ............................
JOHNNY Done it September 18, 2012 at 04:06 AM
LINDA move to CAMDEN I am sure you have some allies down there
Judy Marjory December 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Thomas, little did this story leave out, that Mark suffered Mental illness And he heard voices, as well as, just released from Shore Behavior Health Hospital the night before the shooting. And the law knows all about his mental illness. So, calling someone ignorant, when you pass judgement on someone you did not even know does not say much for yourself. And LINDA, you are spot on! ;)
common sense January 04, 2013 at 10:14 PM
They walk among us.


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