Neptune cop charged with shooting, killing ex-wife in front of daughter
ASBURY PARK — Fueled by a child custody dispute, a recently divorced Neptune Township police officer shot and killed his former wife in broad daylight on Tuesday in front of their daughter on an Asbury Park street, authorities said.
Phillip Seidle, 51, a 22-year veteran with the Neptune Township Police Department, was charged with murder in the shooting death of his ex-wife Tamara Seidle on Sewall Avenue, said First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc LeMieux
Seidle, a sergeant with the police department, was arrested after he fired several shots into his ex-wife's car after a short chase through Asbury Park.
At around 11:30 a.m., Asbury Park police officers responded to an unrelated car crash at Sewall and Ridge avenues, LeMieux said. Officers on scene then saw a 2012 black Volkswagen Jetta being driven by Tamara Seidle turn onto Sewall Avenue. Behind it, LeMieux said, was Phillip Seidle in a 2005 Honda Pilot.
The couple's 7-year-old daughter was in Phillip Seidle's passenger seat, he said.
Tamara Seidle crashed her Jetta into an unoccupied green Ford Focus, LeMieux said. At that time, LeMieux said, Phillip Seidle got out of his car, took out his .40- caliber Glock service handgun and fired "several" shots into Tamara's Seidle's car.
Phillip Seidle then put the gun to his head and started pacing around the area of Tamara Seidle's Jetta, LeMieux said.
LeMieux said officers were able to talk Phillip Seidle into handing over the couple's daughter. Once the daughter was in police custody, Phillip Seidle then fired more shots at Tamara Seidle through her front windshield, he said.
Neighbors who witnessed the shooting said Phillip Seidle crashed his car into the back of his ex-wife's car before jumping out and getting in a brief argument with her.
Several times during the standoff, Phillip Seidle complained to police about not being able to see his children as much as he wanted, the neighbors said.
"He said, "You guys don't understand. I'm tired of paying alimony. I don't get to see my children,'" said the witness, who asked not to be identified.
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I don't find the cop killing his ex-wife particularly relevant to this thread as it occurred out of his normal police duties, but look at the bolded portion. The cops were on scene, presumably with guns drawn, and they still let him fire off several more rounds into his ex-wife. I can't imagine them letting a non-cop get away with such behavior. After the first round of shooting, that would have been it for the guy.