What began as a home invasion in Long Branch this morning turned into a car chase that ended on Florence Avenue in North Long Branch where the suspect’s car burst into flame.
An unidentified man entered a home on Elmwood Avenue near MacArthur Ave with a gun looking for money and someone named Marcus, who was not at that residence. The man was thought to have fled on foot and Long Branch Police were called. It was later determined he had a vehicle.
The suspect was driving on Florence Avenue where his vehicle collided head on with a police SUV near the corner of Joline Avenue. The subject’s car began smoking heavily then burst into flames. Multiple EMS were called in including Monmouth Beach, West Long Branch, Long Branch and Elberon and local fire departments were also on scene.
The subject and officer were transported to the hospital. Story is still developing.