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Police Arrest Franklin Township Shooting Suspect

Franklin Township (Somerset)

Somerset County authorities announced the arrest of Mr. Johnny Totten, 45, Somerset, in relation to a shooting that occurred in the area of Hamilton Street duringthe late evening hours of Monday, May 31, in Franklin Township.  

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on May 31, 2021, at approximately 10:26 p.m., Franklin Township Police officers were dispatched to a nearby hospital for a wounded victim that was reportedly shot while in the area of Hamilton Street in Franklin Township.  

The victim, an adult New Brunswick male resident, was located in the area of Hamilton Street and Matilda Avenue and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.  

The gunshot victim survived his injuries.  Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene along with detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department to conduct the investigation. 

As a result of this investigation, Johnny Totten was identified as the individual responsible for the shooting.  

Police said on June 25,  after being notified by authorities Defendant Totten turned himself in to the Franklin Township Police Department without incident.

 Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Totten has been charged with 1st degree Attempted Murder, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon without a Permit, 2nd degree Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons and Hindering Apprehension, 4th degree.  Defendant Totten was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter. 

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruill request anyone with information relating to the shooting to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533