Police in Long Branch, New Jersey are searching for the suspects who brutally attacked Officer Michael Monahan early Tuesday morning, while he was on patrol.
According to nj.com, Monahan noticed “several subjects with flashlights near an abandoned building near the intersection of Westwood and Bath avenues” shortly before 2am.
The suspects took off when Monahan got out of his police car to investigate further. He started to chase them on foot, caught one, and began apprehending the suspect when he was hit in the back of his head. When other officers arrived on scene, they found Monahan “face down and unconscious.”
The 12-year Long Branch police vet remains in the hospital, under observation for a head injury, said Public Safety Director Jason Roebuck.
“This is another example of the sacrifices that police officers endure daily, putting their lives in danger to protect the public. We are proud of Officer Monahan for his dedication to duty and hope he has a speedy recovery,” Roebuck said.
The NJ State PBA is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case and Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling 800-671-4400 or texting “MONMOUTH” and the tips to 274637 (CRIMES).
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