The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department are currently investigating a tragic incident that occurred in the early hours of July 29, 2023, Your Content has learned.
Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Police Chief James Hawkins have released a statement detailing the events.
At approximately 5:10 a.m., officers from the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Whitemarsh Court following a 911 call. The caller reported a suspected break-in at her apartment.
Upon arrival, the officers were compelled to force entry into the apartment.
Inside, they discovered a distressing scene: a 49-year-old woman and a dog, both deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. They also found a 52-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head.
The man was conscious upon the officers’ arrival and was immediately transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Unfortunately, he later succumbed to his injuries.
The initial findings of the investigation suggest that the man shot the woman and the dog before turning the gun on himself. However, the investigation is still active and ongoing.