SWAT Team Situation In Seaside Ends Peacefully
A SWAT team, The Ocean County Prosecutors Office and Sherrif’s Department were called to the scene of a four-hour standoff at a Seaside Heights condo complex Monday Night.
Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd says the incident began at 6 o’clock at the Corine condos on Herring Avenue and the Boulevard when undercover detectives executed a warrant for the arrest of a borough man. Boyd says the warrant was issued for a domestic incident involving weapons out of Toms River where bail was previously set at $100,000 dollars.
Boyd says the man, who they’re not releasing the identity of at this time, was allegedly under the influence drugs or alcohol, threatened police and barricaded himself in his unit.
The SWAT Team was called to the scene at around 7 o’clock and a negotiating team from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department attempted to coax him out using a bull horn and attempted to establish telephone contact. Area streets were closed off and residents were also not allowed to enter their homes.
Chief Boyd says the SWAT Team entered the unit very professionally and escorted the man out after 10 o’clock. Neighbors say they heard police call out to a man named Drew. Boyd says no shots were fired and there are no reported injuries.
The man was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for Psychiatric evaluation.
Police are not releasing information about whether weapons were removed from the man’s condo or of any further charges he may face.