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Lower Township Police Department
Thursday March 14th, 2019 :: 08:23 a.m. EDT


LTPD - Police Respond to Suicidal Suspect at LTPD Headquarters

Suicidal Suspect Arrested at LTPD Headquarters
On March 13th, 2019 at approximately 11:24 a.m., Lower Township Police were alerted of a 911 call  received from Cape May County Dispatch of a subject  who was outside their headquarters, Lower Township Public Safety Building, requesting that a police officer come outside and shoot him.    

Police Officers from inside the building as well as officers on regular patrol and detective duties responded to the scene.  Upon arrival to the parking lot area of the police station they encountered a man later identified as a Brian E. Doherty, Jr., age 33, of Villas, NJ.  Mr. Doherty was holding a large butterfly style knife demanding that officers shoot him.    

Mr. Doherty refused to drop the knife and attempts to prevent him from injuring himself or others was made by deploying a non-lethal conducted energy device, which met with negative results.  Officers continued to verbally de-escalate the situation making every effort for a successful resolution.  After several minutes they were able to persuade Mr. Doherty to voluntarily turn over the weapon.  Responding officers attempted to take Mr. Doherty into custody but he resisted and a subsequent struggle ensued where an officer was bitten several times by Mr. Doherty. Officers were successful in finally apprehending Mr. Doherty, who sustained a small scrape to his forehead area. 

The injured officer was evaluated, treated, and released for his injuries.  Mr. Doherty was charged on a warrant with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer Title 2C:12-1B(5)(A), Resisting Arrest Title 2C:29-2A(3)(A), Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose Title 2C:39-4D, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon Title 2C:39-5D.  Brian E. Doherty, Jr. is currently in custody awaiting further adjudication. 

Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204

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405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204

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