LONGBRANCH: The following is a press release from the Long Branch Police Department:
On Feb. 16, Long Branch Police Sgt. Robert Shamrock responded to a call for service of loud noise at 36 Jackson St.
Upon his arrival he made his way up to the source of the noise on a second floor apartment. As he went up the steps, he heard the distinctive metallic sound of a rifle bolt being racked back and forth, and then heard voices discussing "doing a shooting." He continued up the stairs, and the door to the apartment was slightly open. He was able to observe several subjects passing around a bolt action rifle and "racking" it. They were also discussing how not to leave prints on the rifle after using it in the shooting. Realizing he was out numbered, Shamrock backed away to observe the activity and called for assistance.
Officers Tracy Widdis, Sergio Chaparro, Gary Vecchione, Kevin Morris, Brian Oliveria and Lt. Hazel arrived as backup. Together, after a bit of a standoff, they were able to arrest all four individuals and locate various handguns and contraband in the residence.
These officers used tremendous restraint when facing four armed adversaries. They should be commended for not using deadly force, although it may have been justified in this case. Thankfully, cooler heads and training prevailed, and Sgt. Shamrock should be especially praised for his leadership in this crisis.
Police seized a Maverick 9mm Handgun, an American Eagle 22 caliber rifle sawed off, a Smith & Wesson 357 Revolver, a Savage Arms 12 gauge shotgun sawed off, an American Body Ballistic Vest and assorted ammunition
Arrested were Damion W. Tyler 24 of Jackson Street, Derrick Tyler 25, of Jackson Street, Tysef T. Sims, of Monmouth Avenue and Devaughn Pierce, 21, of West End Avenue.
All were charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of weapons for an unlawful purpose, possession of prohibited weapons- sawed-off shotguns, possession of body armor-piercing bullets, possession of a controlled dangerous substance-marijuana less than 50 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bail was set at $130,000 with no 10% option for each subject.