UPDATE: Off-Duty Officer Killed in Lakewood Crash Identified as Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Mounted Unit Brian Stockhoff

The off-duty officer killed in this morning’s crash in Lakewood, has been identified as Brian Stockhoff, 41, of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Unit.

At approximately 3:45am a passing motorist reported a one car motor vehicle crash in the area of Shorrock Street and Dumbarton Drive near the Brick Township border. Upon arrival Officer Tymur Zavalnyuk advised that officers from the Brick Police Department were already on scene and began to assist. A preliminary investigation suggested that the operator, 41 year old off duty Ocean County Sheriffs Officer Brian Stockhoff of Jackson, struck a brick wall outside of the Leisure Village East community while traveling south on Shorrock Street in a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The vehicle came to rest a short distance away near Dumbarton Drive. As a result of the impact, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics.

At this time the investigation is still active by the Lakewood Police Department Traffic Safety Unit and the Monmounth County Prosecutors Office. In addition, we would like to thank the Brick Township Police Department, Lakewood Emergency Medical Services and the Hackensack Meridian Medic Unit for their assistance this morning. In addition, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Stockhoff family and his brothers and sisters at the Ocean County Sheriffs Department.

The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Unit was established in 2014 by S/O Brian Stockhoff and “Mounted One” Sambucca. It started off at the Ocean County Fair and has expanded since to include searching for missing persons and patrolling all of the parks throughout Ocean County.

The mounted unit has been used for crowd control and boardwalk patrols and is a great public relations asset. Mounted officers are more maneuverable than an officer in a motor vehicle and faster than an officer on foot and are an amazing sight to be seen. The mounted unit provides an opportunity for children and adults to interact with an officer in a positive situation that is outside the realm of normal police interactions

This interaction between a mounted officer and the community is important to establish a positive rapport with both the people of Ocean County and those who are visiting our county.

Funeral details will be published when available.

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  1. I could not express my sorrow about this tragedy better than Avraham commented in the first post, so I repeat it now:

    May the Almighty bless the family of this Police Officer and help them in all areas to ease the pain and ease the suffering and help them get through this tragedy.

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