SWAT Team In Standoff After Man Tries To Set Victim On Fire

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JACKSON – A Jackson man was charged with attempted murder after dousing his victim with lighter fluid and attempting to set him on fire, police said.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said John Abramski, who lives at 325 New Central Ave., repeatedly attempted to set Daniel Shemtov on fire with a propane torch. That man managed to leave the house.

It is unclear how Abramski and Shemtov are connected.

John Abramski (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

Jackson Township Police were called to the house around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19. A woman at the residence told police he was in possession of a gun and was acting irrationally.

Police requested the Ocean County SWAT Team come to the scene, and they did around 2:30 p.m. They found multiple weapons inside the house. Abramski had secured himself in a property shed. The SWAT Team breached the shed with an armored vehicle called a BearCat, and saw that he had a shotgun pointed at himself, refusing to surrender. After negotiations failed, tear gas was deployed. Abramski surrendered without further incident.

Abramski is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office assisted.