LONG BRANCH, NJ – On Thursday December 3rd, 2020 at approximately 5:40 pm, Myeson Pennington Jr., 24 years of age, of Long Branch was arrested by Officers Conor Mullan and Pat Sheldrick for possession of a handgun. Officer Mullan observed Pennington in the area of Crown Chicken, 230 Broadway, acting in a suspicious manner. The observant Officer stopped Pennington a few minutes later, and during a pat down felt a handgun in his waistband. Before he could be handcuffed, Pennington fled from the scene, with Officer Mullan in foot pursuit, joined by Officer Sheldrick who had arrived as his backup.
As he ran, Pennington held the firearm in his waistband with one hand, and at one point tripped and fell, losing the firearm. Mullan saw a black firearm slide across the pavement. Officers ordered Pennington to stop and to not touch the firearm, and Officer Mullan drew his service weapon. Pennington disregarded the orders, retrieved the firearm and began running again with the firearm in hand now.
Mullan and Sheldrick continued their pursuit, eventually capturing Pennington and recovering the firearm. The firearm was found to be a Taurus 9mm, stolen out of Ohio.
Pennington was subsequently charged with Unlawful possession of a firearm, Possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose, Resisting arrest, Receiving stolen property, Possession of a large capacity magazine and Possession of hollow point ammunition. He was transported to the hospital after complaining about having trouble breathing, but was soon released with no injuries. He was then transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
I wish to commend these Officers on their actions, not only for the observations that made the arrest possible, but also for the restraint they showed in a dangerous situation. By relying on their training and experience, they averted what could have been a tragedy. Newly appointed Director of Public Safety Domingos Saldida also wishes to pass his compliments of a job well done to the Officers.