KEYPORT — A fundraiser for the family of a former high school football and baseball player at a restaurant turned into a standoff involving the Monmouth County SWAT team on Sunday night.

The Monmouth County Emergency Response Team was called to the Keyport Uptown Bar & Grill on Broad Street, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Charles Webster. He would not disclose further details about the incident.

MOCERT vehicle during an incident in Keyport
MOCERT vehicle during an incident in Keyport (RLS Metro Breaking News)

A flier on the restaurant's Facebook page showed that a tribute to Evan Smutz, 20, was planned for the afternoon. Smutz was fatally shot in his Keyport apartment in August.

Witnesses told News 12 New Jersey a person involved in a fight at the event went across the street and barricaded themselves in a second-floor apartment.

Photos posted by RLS Metro Breaking News showed a large police presence, including a MOCERT vehicle. The Patch of Middletown reported police from several surrounding towns also responded to the scene

John Curtin, 19, also of Keyport, turned himself in to the NYPD in connection to the shooting. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Evan Smutz
Evan Smutz (YouTube)