ASBURY PARK – When police responded to a report of shots being fired on a city block on Sunday evening, it began a chain of events that ended in a car accident, a death and at least one arrest so far.
The state attorney general’s office is now involved in the case because of the death that occurred during an encounter with law enforcement and, in a statement on Tuesday, said the origin of the response police was a criminal investigation in which shots were fired in Asbury Park.
A concurrent statement from the Monmouth County Attorney’s Office said units showed up at Atkins Avenue at 7 p.m. Sunday, saw a vehicle leaving the area and attempted to stop it.
The prosecutor’s office said the vehicle crashed less than a mile away, into a tree according to OAG, in nearby Neptune Township. Two of its four occupants subsequently attempted to flee on foot.
The other two occupants were seriously injured, according to the prosecutor’s office, with one having since been pronounced dead and the other remaining in critical condition at a local hospital. The name of the deceased has not been released.
Monmouth County prosecutors said the two occupants of the vehicle who fled were quickly located, identifying them as a 15-year-old man and Justin Mayes-Wiggs, 33, of Neptune Township.
Mayes-Wiggs was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun and certain persons not possessing weapons, a public order offense for obstructing justice, and was incarcerated at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility pending a first court appearance.
The 15-year-old’s involvement is still under investigation. He was also taken to hospital to treat his injuries.
Two handguns were recovered after the vehicle crashed, authorities said.
While the OAG investigates the car chase, the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office has asked anyone with information about the initial shooting or weapons recovery to contact Detective Christopher Guy, 800-533-7443 , or Asbury Park Police Department Detective Dillon Gourley, 732-774-1300.
Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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