As of 2pm on Thursday, November 21st, all area schools are on lockdown in Little Egg Harbor Township as police search for a person they are calling “armed and dangerous.”
***9PM UPDATE FROM OCEAN COUNTY PROSECUTORS OFFICE*** According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, around 10 a.m. a Tuckerton Borough police officer exchanged gunfire with Miguel Angel Villegas, 29, of New Haven, Connecticut, after a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 9 and North Green Street. The officer was not injured.
After the shooting, police said Villegas fled the area on a tricycle, which was later recovered a half-mile from the shooting scene. He was taken into custody shortly after 8 p.m. at Penn Station in New York City. Villegas is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. Prosecutors said he was wanted in Connecticut.
***2:45pm UPDATE from Tuckerton Superintendent Janet Gangemi re: dismissal of Tuckerton Elementary School*** The State police are on the scene. Busses will be loading and departing shortly. Parent pickup will begin at 3pm. Please arrive at the pickup lane only by the playground. All students who would normally be riding the bus this afternoon will be coming home on the bus. All after-school activities are cancelled. Aftercare is also cancelled. If your child is not scheduled to come home on the bus today, you will need to come to school to pick them up. Children will be released one at a time to the pick-up line only. Thank you for your cooperation.
**ORIGINAL STORY*** Police say the suspect was spotted in the Tuckerton, Parkertown area riding a bike. All area schools are on lockdown and Rt. 539 is closed between First Avenue and Nugentown.
Tuckerton police say that reports of shots fired outside Tuckerton Elementary School are “not true.”
Police are urging the public to dial 911 if they have any information. Photo of suspect on “adult tricycle” below.