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SWAT team disarms barricaded man with Taser after hours long standoff in Somerset County

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A SWAT standoff ended after nearly 6 hours in a Somerset County neighborhood Monday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

On Jan. 30, at around 9:45 a.m., Bernards Township police were requested to respond to a residence located on Goltra Drive to assist Bridgeway PESS with an emotionally disturbed resident. McDonald said.

Officers subsequently responded to the residence, which led the adult male resident, whom authorities are not identifying, to barricade himself within a bathroom with a loaded firearm, McDonald said.

A Bernards Township police officer initiated and engaged the barricaded subject in conversation to have him surrender, McDonald said.

Then at around 12:55 p.m., Somerset County SWAT team, along with the crisis negotiators team, were requested to respond to the residence. A crisis negotiator began speaking with the barricaded subject. During negotiations, the barricaded man exited the bathroom on multiple occasions armed with a handgun, McDonald said.

Then at approximately 3:15 p.m. a Somerset County SWAT member deployed a Taser at the armed man when he exited the bathroom, which caused him to drop the weapon, as additional SWAT Officers gained control of him without further incident, McDonald said.

There were no injuries to anyone involved, and the man was turned over to medical personnel for transport to a medical facility for evaluation, McDonald said.

Prosecutor McDonald commended the law enforcement response to this situation. The de-escalation tactics along with subsequent deployment of a less lethal device (Taser) resulted in the successful outcome of this incident.

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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