The Port Monmouth man who was the subject of a manhunt throughout the
Point Boro and Brick areas yesterday was pronounced dead earlier today,
one day after he shot himself as SWAT teams approached.
Robert F. Terry III, 32, of Monmouth Ave., who lived in the Port
Monmouth section of Middletown, was pronounced dead
at 12:55 p.m. today at Jersey Shore Medical Center, according to a prepared statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
to Al Della Fave, a spokesperson for the Ocean County Prosecutor's
incident began as a domestic violence event on Hooper Avenue in Brick
at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Terry fled that location, and Brick
police issued a description of him to area police departments.
Terry was then seen in Brick
getting into a taxi, when was heading to the train
station in Point Pleasant Beach.
Brick Police called Point Beach
police at 8:40 a.m., and police located the suspect on foot in the downtown area after a motor vehicle stop on the taxi.
about 8:48 a.m. yesterday, Terry was seen was in the vicinity of 528
Arnold Ave. Shortly after, he was located on the roof of that location,
above Creative Experience, identified as a nightclub for teens. Brick
gained access to the roof.
In the presence of the officers, he shot himself in the head with a .25 caliber handgun, according to Della Fave.
One person commenting on Patch, identified as Ann, wrote: "I am so thankful to all who kept us safe yesterday. I have
grandchildren in the schools, the lockdown with a positive outcome was
good for them. It was more like a drill, helping them if in the future
there is ever a serious issue in their school. People like the gunman
are unpredictable. I believe it is better to be cautious than to be
Marie Struble, a Wall resident who manages Creative
Experience, told Patch that she watched the incident unfold on her
businessses' roof on the news.
"The business was closed, so
nobody was in jeopardy thank God, but we frequently go down there for
maintenance, and to show parents and their children the business to book
parties," Struble said, adding that the business will be open today and
this weekend for regular business. "Thank God no one was there.""
her reaction to the news of Terry's death, Struble said, "He's a
32-year-old man. I can't imagine what incident led him to such drastic
action, to escape and shoot himself ... to go to such drastic extremes."