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Off-Duty Officer Helps Arrest Man with Handgun

For Immediate Release:  December 13, 2018


On December 12, 2018, an off-duty officer interrupted two men in an altercation leading to the arrest of one man and the recovery of a handgun.

Off-duty officer Matthew Talavera was walking in the beach block of Roosevelt Place when he encountered two men in an altercation.  One of the men approached Talavera and told him that he was waiting for officers to respond and that the other man, John Howard, had a gun.

Officer Talavera called police communications and advised them of the incident.  Patrol officers arrived shortly after.  Howard had discarded the handgun before Officer Talavera had arrived in a mailbox.  The loaded handgun was recovered and Howard was arrested.


ARRESTED:  John Howard, a 42 year old male from Absecon, NJ.

CHARGES:  Unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, aggravated assault, possession of a high-capacity magazine, and certain person not to possess a weapon.   

Howard was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.


Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766 or text anonymously to tip411 (847411).  Begin the text with ACPD.

Alert sent on 12/13/2018 at 16:25 EST


Sergeant Kevin Fair


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