NJ man kills self with police nearby

January 7, 2011 5:27:39 AM PST
A 53-year-old motorist who had just passed a roadside sobriety test shot and killed himself Thursday night as police officers stood nearby.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy says the man, whose identity was not released, struck a utility pole at an intersection around 8:30 p.m.

Police responded and conducted a sobriety test, which the man passed.

While waiting for a tow truck to arrive, Mastronardy says the man asked to retrieve some belongings from his car. Officers allowed it, and then heard a shot.

Mastronardy says the man was calm and cooperative and gave no indication that something was wrong.

The man was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger