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Man Shot By Beachwood Police Officer Died Of Gunshot Wound To Chest

Autopsy on Mark Tanouye done yesterday

The man late Thursday night near the High Velocity Bar and Grill died of a gunshot wound to the chest, Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus said.

The autopsy on 52-year-old Mark Tanouye was performed Friday, he said.

Beachwood Sgt. Bruce Harris was in uniform in a marked police cruiser when he responded to a 10:50 p.m. call about a man "creating a disturbance" in the parking lot of the sports bar on Route 166, Paulhus has said.

Harris got out of his patrol car and confronted Tanouye in the sports bar parking lot. Tanouye was carrying a .25 caliber handgun, Paulhus has said.

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

Tanouye was pronounced dead at the scene. His last known address was in Beachwood, Paulhus said.

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 about the shooting is asked to
contact Detective Thomas Tiernan of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at
(732) 929-2027.

Tanouye had a lengthy criminal record. He was last admitted to state prison in March 2008 and was released March 2012 from 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 website.

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

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 on Friday. Beachwood police, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the Ocean County Criminalistics Investigative Unit and the Beachwood Fire Department were on the scene.

happyNJ July 25, 2012 at 09:47 PM
excessive force that was not needed in this case at all... should have been there
Bill Bradsky July 26, 2012 at 07:03 AM
I love how ppl critique a situation like this from behind their computers screens. Here's an idea, try doing a ride along on a busy weekend day/night then come back and comment.
JOHNNY Done it July 28, 2012 at 01:44 AM
May next time you or a family member might have one pointed at them...I guess at that point you think of your options including getting shot ..Really this guy should have not got out of jail He came to the crossroads of his life ..No loss....
JOHNNY Done it July 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
INSTEAD of justifing his actions He had a gun on him probably going shoot to his G/F or someone else because he was a sober idiot before he got drunk and was thinking about it( premeditated) OHH should we forget his colorful past , you have control of your own actions He put the target on his own back ,I forgot the devil made him do it....
JOHNNY Done it July 28, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Question.. all these gun laws work real well? WE have a repeat criminal with an illegal weapon So lets stop wasting our time (The senator that needs to retire) maybe help protect the innocent & law abidding citizen..Give the person with legal weapon more protection,, As we see the gun laws are useless to criminals..We didnt need to be a senator to figure this out ..

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