NJ public safety official pulls gun after hit-and-run, report says
🔴 Jack DeAngelo was struck around 6:50 p.m. on Feb. 17 by a vehicle in Washington Township (Gloucester)
🔴 The deputy director of the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management followed the vehicle that hit him and pulled a gun on the driver
🔴 Questions about an investigation were referred to the state Attorney General's office
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (Gloucester) — A Gloucester County government official who pulled a gun on someone he believed hit his vehicle in a hit-and-run was allowed to return home, according to a report by NJ Globe.
Jack DeAngelo, the deputy director of the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management, was struck around 6:50 p.m. on Feb. 17 by a vehicle that kept going in Washington Township, according to the report. DeAngelo followed the vehicle to the end of the street and displayed a gun to the driver.
DeAngelo had already called police, who allowed him to return home after the crash, according to the report.
Washington Township police on Friday did not respond to New Jersey 101.5's request for more information. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office referred questions to the state Attorney General's office, which also did not respond to an email.
County spokeswoman Shannon O’Brien would not disclose DeAngelo's current job status.
"Since this is an incident regarding two private citizens and not a county-related work matter, the county is not going to comment on an active investigation," O'Brien said in an email.
County commissioners are not told details
Republican Gloucester County County Commissioner Christopher Konawel told New Jersey 101.5 he has heard there was an incident involving DeAngelo but did not have all the details.
"I haven't gotten one word about any potential investigation. I've heard zero from the county on this," Konawel said. "We're finding out that something happened and the short version of it is we don't know, we don't know the situation."
Konawel compared the lack of information on this incident to the deaths of K9 dog Ember and the dog belonging to Gloucester County fire marshal Shawn Layton while in his care. The state Attorney General's Office is investigating the death of the dogs but would not disclose its status.
"I hate to keep beating the same dead horse. They lock us out and they don't tell us anything. And then when you say what's going on we get 'oh we can't comment.'"
According to DeAnegelo's Linkedin page, he lives in Glassboro and has served as deputy director since 2002. He is also a member of the New Jersey All Hazards Incident Management Team.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at email@example.com
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