FREEHOLD—A Neptune Township man is facing multiple charges, including terroristic threats, weapons offenses and aggravated assault, after he fired multiple shots inside his residence and then barricaded himself there, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., on December 5, 2016, Neptune Township Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired and a barricaded subject at 10 Ridge Ave, in the township. The Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT) was notified and responded to the scene along with surrounding agencies. Hostage negotiators convinced the subject to surrender who was then identified as 33-year-old Bruce Rice of 10 Ridge Ave, Neptune Township.

A 12 gauge shotgun and 6 spent shotgun shells were located inside the residence.

Rice is charged with fourth degree Aggravated Assault, fourth degree Obstruction, third degree Terroristic Threats, third degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and second degree Certain Persons not to Possess a Firearm.

Rice is incarcerated and bail was set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen at $300,000 with a no 10% option. Rice is not to return to the scene and no victim contact is an additional condition of bail.  Rice is not yet represented.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and State law.

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