BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, announced an on-going homicide investigation in Somerville on Saturday.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on at approximately 11:53 p.m. Bridgewater Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting an individual suffering from a gunshot wound traveling on North Bridge Street towards Route 22.
Somerville Police along with Bridgewater Township Police encountered the vehicle on Route 22 Eastbound where they made contact with the occupants.
Officers observed an adult male victim who was suffering from a single gunshot wound and immediately began life saving measures while waiting for emergency medical personnel.
Responding Bridgewater Officers ascertained that the shooting incident occurred near a residence on Bayberry Road and Foothill Road.
The adult male victim was transported to an area trauma center where he was pronounced deceased.
Bridgewater Police Officers responded to the area of Bayberry Road and Foothill Road where they made contact with numerous individuals departing from a residence on Bayberry Road and observed additional occupants inside of the residence.
A mutual aid call for service was requested, Somerset County Law Enforcement Officers from numerous municipalities along with New Jersey State Police Troopers from the Somerville Barracks responding to the scene forming a tactical perimeter.
Officials say a brief shelter in place was initiated for local residents.
The Somerset County SWAT team activation was initiated along with County Crisis Negotiators who subsequently made contact with five (5) occupants inside of the residence, who complied with law enforcement and exited the residence without incident.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that Bridgewater Police Department detectives along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit are actively conducting the homicide investigation.