South Toms River Standoff Ends Peacefully

Photo courtesy Ocean County Scanner News

SOUTH TOMS RIVER – A several-hour standoff ended peacefully, with the suspect surrendering to police.

Henry Parker, 37, who resides at 29 Hummel Drive, surrendered to authorities. He was charged with obstructing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and those charges contained within the outstanding warrants, for which police were this afternoon attempting to arrest him.

After 4 p.m. May 31, police approached the Hummel Drive home attempting to serve an arrest warrant for Parker. He was wanted in three jurisdictions for criminal and traffic charges.

Parker was outside the residence when police approached, but fled inside. Police followed, but retreated when they believed Parker was in another room and heard sounds.

Police surrounded the house to prevent Parker’s escape. The OC Regional SWAT Unit was called to assist. Authorities secured the area before attempting to contact Parker.

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After SWAT team members and negotiators made contact with Parker, they were able to negotiate with him to leave the home around 7:50 p.m. Parker was processed and then taken to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He is being lodged at Ocean County Jail.

A search warrant will also be secured to determine if there are any weapons within the residence.