Seaside Park Cop Charged With Aiming Gun At Officer

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SEASIDE PARK – A Seaside Park officer was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly drawing his service weapon on another officer, according to the release sent by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Seaside Heights Police Chief Murphy Larkin.

Sgt. Matthew Brady, 37, allegedly aimed his service weapon at a police academy recruit, Thomas Schiermeyer, police said.

According to several officers who witnessed the incident, Schiermeyer was in the municipal building with other Class One officers who were filling out paperwork to enter the Ocean County Police Academy. Schiermeyer asked Brady a question, and in response, Brady pulled his gun out and pointed it at Schiermeyer’s head in a threatening manner.

The charge reads that the defendant, Brady, “did knowingly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, pointed a firearm” at Schiermeyer.

The incident was reported as having occurred on Nov. 15, 2016. He appeared in Superior Court on March 9, 2018.

At first, Brady was suspended without pay. After he was charged, he was suspended without pay, pending further disciplinary actions, police said.