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Manalapan Shooting Suspect In Custody

A gunman who shot an unidentified New York City police detective in Manalapan on Friday night has been taken into custody

Robert Dunbar
Robert Dunbar (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)

Suspect Robert Dunbar turned himself into Manalapan Police on Saturday night about 20 hours after the shooting inside a home on Taylors Mills Road.

He faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose. He’s being held on $500,000 bail.



Law enforcement is not offering many details on the shooting. Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni tells the Asbury Park Press, “We need that information private” to preserve the evidence for trial.

Police did  confirm the detective is assigned to the 63rd detective squad in Brooklyn.

According to voter registration records, Dunbar own the Manalapan home according to the Asbury Park Press but has not lived there in recent days.

Dunbar’s brother Danny Dunbar told WNBC TV that his brother was not a dangerous man. “He’s not someone that needs a manhunt,” Dunbar said. “He’s a family man, he’s a father. He’s a hardworking guy who came home to an unfortunate situation and I’m sure he either had to defend himself or took whatever means he took necessary.”


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