State Attorney General's Office Clears Beachwood Officer In High Velocity Shooting

Case is now considered closed, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford says

The state Attorney General's Office has concluded that Beachwood Sgt. Bruce Harris used justifiable force when he shot Mark Tanouye once in the chest on the night of July 19, in the parking lot of the High Velocity Sports Bar in Beachwood.

"In a letter dated December 18, 2012, Stephen J. Taylor, the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice within the Office of the Attorney General, informed me that after their independent review of the investigation concurred with my determination that the use of deadly force was justified,” said Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

Ford's investigation into the shooting previously concluded that Harris had acted properly. The matter was then sent to the state Attorney General's Office for an independent review, she said

“This brings this matter to its conclusion," Ford said. "No police officer looks forward to the day when they have to make a decision that might result in the loss of life.  However, the evidence we reviewed is quite convincing.  The police officer involved, Sgt. Bruce Harris, acted with unquestioned justification in exercising lethal force under the circumstances.” .

Harris was on duty in a marked police cruiser at 10:50 p.m. on July 19 when he responded to a 10:50 p.m. call about a man "creating a disturbance" in the parking lot of the sports bar on Route 166, Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus has said.

Harris got out of his patrol car and confronted Tanouye in the sports bar parking lot. Tanouye was carrying a .25 caliber handgun, Paulhus has said.

"He ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon," Paulhus has said. "The officer discharged his weapon and the male suffered fatal injuries."

Tanouye was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy later determined he died of a single gunshot would to the chest.

Tanouye had a blood alcohol level of 0.092 at the time of the shooting. The state's legal limit is 0.08, Paulhus has said.


jim January 05, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Steve Really now how would digging up a dead body help, you're just sick! we can't go back but holding a gun owner accountable going forward is something that I do agree with, look I don't like in a cave, I much prefer the modern conveniences of my middle-class home. But no maker what you do criminals will get guns if they want them.Yes those kids had rights but unfortunately those rights were infringed on by a criminal. Would you suggest that we outlaw cars since drunk driver use them to kill people? We don't NEED them people got around before cars. and yes you can hunt with an AR-15 it goes a great job in the woods of that's what you chose to do with it. at the end of the day most AR-15 shot a .223 or 5.56mm round (they are the same size one is standard the other is metric) .223 is a small animal hunting round you could use it for deer but would be a little harder. An AR is kinda the same as taking a Honda Civic and putting all those stupid parts on it to make it look cool at the end of the day its still a Honda! And last but not least I won't be joining any militia just not really my thing but thanks for asking. I'll just stick with running around in my camo boxers having wet dreams! can I add that a also like combat boots! without laces of course!
bayboat January 05, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Big Kahuna January 05, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Tanouye was a career career criminal. Sgt Harris did what any officer dreads doing. If the article is correct he probably gave him more warning than was wise.
ballyjduf January 07, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Martin Vavra January 07, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The real shame is that it took so long for this matter to be resolved. This incident was pretty straight forward but this Officer was forced to wait this conclusion out for 6 months. As for some of the other lame comments, it's clear we have a division in our society. Those who support crime and those who confront it. I knew both of the men involved here. This matter came to it's proper conclusion.


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