June 07, 2022
Asbury Park shooting under investigation
A shooting incident that led to a police car chase that resulted in an arrest and the recovery of two handguns remains under active investigation, the county’s acting prosecutor said Tuesday. of Monmouth, Lori Linskey.
Shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Sunday June 5, Asbury Park Police Department patrol units responding to gunfire from the 10 block of Atkins Avenue spotted a vehicle leaving the area and attempted to call a stop Traffic. The vehicle then crashed less than a mile away, in the area of Washington Avenue and Myrtle Avenue in nearby Neptune Township.
Two occupants of the crashed vehicle, a 15-year-old man and Justin Mayes-Wiggs, 33, of Neptune Township, attempted to leave the scene on foot but were quickly located. The other two occupants of the vehicle were seriously injured and transported to a local hospital; one has since been pronounced dead, while the other remains in critical condition. The minor was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, and his involvement is still under investigation.
Mayes-Wiggs has since been criminally charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a second-degree handgun, second-degree certain persons not possessing weapons and obstructing justice, an offense for disorderly, after which he was incarcerated in Monmouth County. Correctional Facility (MCCI) pending a first appearance in Monmouth County Superior Court.
The circumstances of the police car chase are being investigated by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. The investigation into the shooting, along with the investigation into the recovery of the two handguns, is being led by the Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information on either of the latter two topics is asked to contact MCPO Detective Christopher Guy at 800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Department Detective Dillon Gourley at 732- 774-1300.
This case was assigned to Monmouth County Assistant District Attorney Caitlin J. Sidley. Information about the legal representation of the accused Mayes-Wiggs was not immediately available.
Despite these charges, each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at the conclusion of a trial in which the defendants enjoy all rights to a trial guaranteed by the US Constitution and state law.