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Prosecutor's Office: Beachwood Cop Took 'Appropriate Action' In Fatal Shooting

Sgt. Bruce Harris has had his gun returned to him

Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford has determined that Beachwood Police Sgt. Bruce Harris took appropriate action when he shot and killed in the parking lot of the High Velocity Sports Bar in July, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus said this week.

"It appears it's a lawful and appropriate use of deadly force," Paulhus said today. "The investigation is by no means over. But at this stage, the prosecutor has determined it to be an appropriate use of deadly force."

The Prosecutor's Office is preparing the results of the investigation to send to the state Attorney General's Office for review and a final determination on the incident, Paulhus said.

"These are just the normal steps in this type of process," he said. "We are in the process of putting it together and that will be made very soon."

Harris has had his service revolver returned to him, Paulhus said.

It will be up to Beachwood Police Chief William L. Cairns to determine when he will return to active duty, he said.

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 has said. "The officer discharged his weapon and the male suffered fatal injuries."

was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined he died of a single gunshot would to the chest.

Harris was put on administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is standard procedure, Ford has said.

The results of Tanouye's blood alcohol levels at the time of the shooting are not yet available, Paulhus said today.

"It's normally six to eight weeks," he said.

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.

shoremom September 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Just like Tryvon... He didnt deserve to Be shot at ( in front of his friends) like that.. Couldnt have been a better way of handling this
MILITANT ANTI-THEIST September 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
@ shoremom, pull your head out of your arse. He had a loaded gun & refused to obey commands. Those 2 decisions put his fate in his own hands. Did you miss the part about his lengthy criminal record? If this criminal shot someone, you'd likely be saying that the cop should have acted sooner. Bruce Harris is nothing short of a hero. If someone had to lose their life that night, the right person did.
gogo September 15, 2012 at 09:05 PM
if i have a gun in my hand you will murder me?Maybe this gun is legal?
gogo September 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Play that you will kill everybody you will get a pension.
JB September 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Hey gogo- you're an a-hole too. And to answer your question, if you are in public with your gun drawn, you deserve to be shot and killed also. This isnt the wild west. Having a registered gun doesnt give you permission to carry it in a bar!. You are truly ignorant and have no balls, that why you talk shit from behind your keyboard. And give the cop a break. He most likely saved lives by killing this piece if trash, but believe it or not, its messes up your head watching someone die in front of you that you just killed, even if that person deserved it. But you are too much of a moron to understand that.
the truth September 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Just wondering who was there? No dought the man was extemely intoxiced, but if the best way A cop can control a older intoxiced man is to shot him dead in front of his friends, we have problem. HE WAS NOT pointed it anyone, HE was in a stupid drunk agruement with a female( GF// Wife?) he said he was going to go get his gun, someone in the bar called to police, & once they saw who it was because of his past felt they had a "RIGHT" to kill him. YES it needed to be taken care of, If need be shot him in the arm or leg to defuse the problem NOT blow his face off like what really happened that night ( regardless of what the media is writting)
wookfish September 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
sure shorempm.. you go stand in front of an armed man and handle this in a "better way".
wookfish September 16, 2012 at 02:07 PM
same reply i posted to Shoremom....you stand in front of an armed man and do it..
bayboat September 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM
DOPEY shoremom. Lets all hear YOUR resolution to "Drop your weapon!" and the armed, drunk suspect with arrests for "terroristic threats to kill" and "weapons possession for unlawful purpose" REFUSES. We all await your wisdom. ps LUV the "shoot him in the leg" remark thetruth. Yea WOUND him, PISS him off so he can have a chance to shoot back?!? Youre as dopey as shoremom.

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