UPDATE: Point Beach Suspect Being Treated for "Self-inflicted Gun Shot Wound"

All lockdowns in Beach and Borough public schools are over

A man taken into police custody in Point Beach on Wednesday morning was transported to an area hospital for treatment of a self-inflicted gun shot wound, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's office.

The incident did not involve any robbery attempt, according to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

Brick Police Captain Robert Mazza said the suspect was involved in an "domestic issue" sometime last night, and Brick police had been looking for him since that time. Brick police issued a description of the man to neighboring police departments, and he was "observed in Point" this morning, Mazza said.

Police were looking for the man at the NJ Transit train station at Route 35 North and ordered all local schools on lockdown until he was apprehended, the police alert states. There were no incidents at any local schools and staff and students were never in any danger, officials said.

No details about the man's name, hometown, age, or alleged crimes have been released by authorities so far, but Point Beach police said the media will be briefed sometime today.

A spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's office said staff from that office are en route to Point Beach.

An earlier message from police in Point Pleasant Borough states:

"Due to police activity in Point Pleasant Beach involving a suicidal armed male subject, all Point Pleasant Borough Schools were on lock down as a precautionary measure. The incident did not involve anything inside the schools, and students were not in any eminent danger. The subject is in police custody at this time."

The following message from Point Borough School Superintendent Vincent Smith to all Point Borough public school parents registered with the Honeywell instant alert system is as follows: 

"Earlier this morning, Point Borough Chief of Police Larry Williams notified me of an incident that had occurred in Point Pleasant Beach.

The situation has now been resolved, however, during the incident, the district was placed on lockdown status, in accordance with the district's normal safety procedures and at the advice of Chief Williams.

Although the lockdown has been lifted, I'd like to take this opportunity to assure all parents and guardians that their children were safe at all times throughout this incident.

Again, the situation has been resolved and the lockdown has been lifted."

The lockdowns went into effect sometime around 9:40 a.m. today by order of police who have been out searching for someone. 
Linda Blumenstock, secretary to John A. Ravally, Point Beach schools superintendent, said just before 10 a.m. that the Beach schools were on lock-down and "shelter in place, which means none of the students can leave the building until we get the all clear from the police." She said she did not know exactly when the lock down went into effect this morning.

Patch is working now to get more information from police and the two school districts and will update this story when more information becomes available.


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