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SWAT incident in Somerset County ends peacefully

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A SWAT incident in Montgomery Township Tuesday evening ended peacefully, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

On August 17, at around 5:34 a.m., township police responded to a call from a male victim who reported to police that while he was visiting a residence on Elm Drive, located in the Skillman section of the township, the male homeowner, who is known to the victim, answered the front door, exited the residence, and then fired a single shot from a handgun at him while outside, Robertson said.

The victim reported that he was not struck by the shot and informed authorities that he was no longer at the scene. The victim told authorities that he had gone to the residence in an attempt to collect a debt from the homeowner, Robertson said.

Montgomery Township Police responded to the scene in an attempt to make contact with the resident. Then at around 6:35 a.m., after several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the homeowner, police made a request for the Somerset County SWAT and Crisis Negotiators activation to the scene for a possible barricaded subject, Robertson said.

Members of the Somerset County SWAT along with Crisis Negotiators, Somerset County Communications Mobile Command Center, and Tactical Emergency Medics responded to the scene, Robertson said.

As a result of this activation, crisis negotiators were successful in making contact and speaking with the sole male occupant of the residence, Robertson said.

Then at around 9:20 a.m., upon a successful negotiation the male occupant complied and voluntarily exited the residence where he was secured and turned over to Montgomery Township Police Detectives for further investigation, Robertson said.

“No charges have been filed as the matter currently remains under investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Montgomery Township Police Department,” Robertson said.

Anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Montgomery Township Police Department at 908-874-3333 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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