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52-year-old Beachwood man died of injuries, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says

A man who ignored repeated requests to drop a handgun outside the High Velocity Sports Bar on Route 166 was shot and killed by a Beachwood police officer late last night, Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel Paulhus said.

Sgt. Bruce Harris was on routine patrol in a marked police cruiser when he encountered Mark Tanouye, 52, "causing a disturbance" near the sports bar on Route 166 around 10:50 p.m, Paulhus said.

Harris, who was in uniform, got out of his patrol car and confronted Tanouye in the sports bar parking lot, said Paulhus.

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

Tanouye was carrying a .25 caliber handgun. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His last known address was in Beachwood, Paulhus said.

Sgt. Harris has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is continuing, which is standard procedure, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

The state Attorney General's Office was notified about the shooting, Ford said.

"An investigation is being conducted by my office pursuant to the Attorney General’s guidelines concerning the use of force," Ford said.

Anyone with any information concerning this investigation is asked to
contact Detective Thomas Tiernan of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at
(732) 929-2027.

Tanouye was last admitted to state prison in March 2008 and was released March 2012 South Woods State Prison, on one count of terroristic threats to kill, and one count of weapons possession for an unlawful purpose. The charges stemmed from an incident in May 14, 2006, according to the state Departments of Corrections.

On May 5 of that year, Tanouye impersonated a public servant, a charge which he also served prison time for, and used aliases such as Gregory Bartholomew, Bartholemew Dangalow, Mark Dangelo and Mark Tonouge, according to the state Department of Corrections.


The prison term was a mandatory 48-month sentence that carried a maximum of seven years.

The parking lot of the High Velocity Sports bar was roped off with police tape in the early morning darkness. Beachwood police, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the Ocean County Criminalistics Investigative Unit and the Beachwood Fire Department were on the scene.

Toms River Patch Editor Catherine Galioto contributed to this article.

. July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Apparently, you are too.
John July 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM
If MT lived in Beachwood at one time he must have at least heard of him. I wonder if the town is notified when he was released? The article says Harris was on routine patrol, if MT was causing a problem at the bar, were the police called and a dispatch sent out, the dispatch logs would show that. Usually when something like this happens the press is all over the people that are at the scene for interviews, the people in the bar (maybe looking out the window) were there people in the parking lot when the shooting took place or across the street near the Beachwood Pub? Seems like everyone got out of there pretty fast except law inforcement. I guess that's why the investigation will take a while.
Randolph Targos August 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
i live in Beachwood and that bar has had issues since it OPENED!!! Maybe the politicions and the town will now be able to close this cancer in our town and keep the other questionable people out of our town!!! Good job Srgt Harris!!! mrcamaross69
Gino De Lucia August 08, 2012 at 05:27 AM
First of all, you need to learn how to spell~(politicions?). Second, it's not the bar; it's some of the morons that happen to stumble into the place! The owners~(John & Sean) are good people & they do their best to try to keep idiots like the guy that got shot out of their establishmment. Unfortunately~ that's not so easy to do these days and I'm sure that every bar owner will tell you that too! Like the old saying goes: "There's a rotten apple in every barrel!"
Pale Rider August 26, 2012 at 05:50 AM
If I may make a few minor corrections...Don't POINT a firearm at a cop, regardless of real or fake. All the cop sees is the apparent threat. FYI...cops are civilians, only ACTIVE MILITARY are MILITARY. Free law-abiding citizens have the natural right, a Constitutionally RECOGNIZED right to preserve their own pecious life as well as the life(s) of loved ones and other victims of immediate deadly violence. That recognized natural right, however, especially in NJ, has been and is continuing to be abrogated, along with our other natural rights...UNALIENABLE as opposed to INALIENABLE...the Constitution does not give rights; it recognizes those rights. However, not too long ago, at a political rally of some type, Sen. Lautenberg, D, NJ, directed his hysteria at opposition protesters by empahtically stating, "What are they protesting? They're lucky that WE GIVE THEM THEIR RIGHTS". Yet "people will still vote for him...to wit: Chapter Three of "THE MUMMY RETURNS...AGAIN"! It is absurd that the NJ legislature "Administratively" had made us all potential victims. Perhaps the only most obvious explaination for their betrayal of their SACRED OATH, is that, NJ is neither a republic nor a democracy, but rather an IDIOCRACY.

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