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Armed Brick Township Man Breaks into Ex’s Home, Fires at Police then Himself

Ocean County


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Authorities in Ocean County reported that on August 14, at approximately 8:40 a.m., the Brick Township Police received a 911 call from a female stating that she had been notified by her Ring doorbell camera.

According to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, the female was notified that her ex-husband, identified as Corey Johnson, 28, of Brick Township, had broken into her residence on Judy Court.

Authorities say an investigation revealed that upon receiving the notification, the female left her place of employment and was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when she arrived at the parking lot of her residence.

Johnson, who had since exited the residence, pulled his motor vehicle in front of the female’s vehicle, thereby blocking her in, officials said.

A Brick Township Police officer arrived on scene; as the officer exited his vehicle, Johnson exited his own vehicle and fired one shot in the direction of the officer, striking the windshield of the officer’s vehicle.

According to officials the officer was uninjured.

Immediately after firing the weapon at the officer, Johnson turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head, police say. 

Responding officers rendered aid to Johnson; he was thereafter transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, officials say, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The matter remains an active and ongoing investigation under the direction of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, with the assistance of the Brick Township Police and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.