Man Turns Himself In To Matawan Police After Barricading Himself in Tree Haven Apartment

Local and county police closed Ravine Drive from Matawan Road to Middlesex Road during the incident.

This story was updated with additional information at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.

A man with a gun barricaded in his Tree Haven apartment on Ravine Drive in Matawan turned himself into police without incident at about 9:40 p.m., according to Lt. Ben Smith.

The Monmouth County Emergency Responce Team (MOCERT), a team of specially trained tactical officers that operates under the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, responded to the scene to assist in negotiating with the man.

There were no hostages in the apartment during negotiations, Smith said.

Ravine Drive was closed during the incident, which began around 6:30 p.m., from the intersection of Matawan Avenue to the intersection of Middlesex Road.

The Matawan Borough Police, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, the Aberdeen Township Police, the Keyport Borough Police, the Marlboro Township Police and the Matawan First Aid & Rescue Squad all responded to the scene,

The identity of the man is not available at this time.

An updated story was posted Monday, Oct. 1. Read it here.

Robert morris October 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
My taxes should be enough to cover it
Crystal October 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I live on Ravine drive. Wouldn't let husband through to our house. Why when man committed suicide in his driveway next to us was it never in news?
Chelsea Naso October 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Please note that additional details have been released by police and an updated version of the story can be found here: http://patch.com/A-yp6h
Tom October 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I used know James , he is a very nice guy. He used to work for me 15 years ago.Last I spoke to him He hurt his back and lost his job. Life is hard these days for alot of people so please dont judge him unless you are in his shoes. No saying what he did is right just saying" You dont know him to judge him".
Maureen October 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Kudos to the police for ensurig the safety of all in the area, and especially to the officers who were able to resolve this man's crisis without harm coming to anyone.


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