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Nov 21, 2019

Suspect in Tuckerton Shooting Arrested in NYC

Miguel Angel Villegas

The suspect in the Tuckerton area shooting in Ocean County has been arrested and taken into custody, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.   Miguel Angel Villegas, 29, of New Haven, Connecticut was taken in to custody at Penn Station in New York, NY shortly after 8pm this evening by the United States Marshals Service and the New York City Police Department. “A massive manhunt began earlier today after Villegas exchanged gunfire with a Tuckerton Borough Police Officer earlier this morning in Tuckerton,”

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced that Villegas was taken into custody this evening without incident.

At approximately 10:22 a.m. this morning, Nov. 21, a Tuckerton Borough Police Officer exchanged gunfire with Villegas after the vehicle he was a passenger in fled a lawful motor vehicle stop near the intersection of Route 9 and North Green Street and caused a subsequent collision with another vehicle. The Officer was not injured in the exchange of gunfire. Villegas fled on foot and a massive manhunt ensued ending in New York City this evening. As previously reported, the suspect had been picked up by Lyft/Uber driver shortly after the shooting.   According to radio traffic, the driver contacted police after he dropped him off at the Union Rail Station.

“Villegas will be charged with Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated. “It is my understanding that Villegas is wanted out of Connecticut. We will be seeking extradition from New York to bring him back here to Ocean County to face these charges,” Prosecutor Billhimer added.

With this arrest, the investigation remains open, and more details will be released as they become available.