By: Richard L. Smith
Police in Atlantic County arrested and charged Mr. Oquan Thomas, 18, of Atlantic City, for the Monday December 5, 2022, death of resident Timothy Council, Jr.
Authorities charged Thomas with first-degree Murder, first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and second-degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose.
According to The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, at approximately 10:52 p.m., the Atlantic City Police Department responded to a ShotSpotter alert notification at 655 Absecon Blvd., Atlantic City.
Officers responded to find Atlantic City resident Mr. Timothy Council Jr., 27, wounded by apparent gunfire. Mr.
EMS transported Council to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.
The Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy of Timothy Council, Jr. and has determined his cause of death to be a single gunshot wound and the manner of death was deemed a homicide.
This is an active and cooperative investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information about this incident or other serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.
People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/.
Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.