The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is leading the investigation.
The terrifying scene played out shortly before noon in a residential neighborhood of Asbury Park.
One witness told Asbury Park Press that Seidle hit a police cruiser while running his wife’s auto off the road.
Seidle, a 22-year veteran of New Jersey’s Neptune Township Police Department, got out with his service weapon, a.40-caliber Glock handgun, and fired several shots into his ex-wife’s auto from the driver’s side, Webster said.
As Tamara Seidle was trying to flee, her vehicle crashed into a parked auto.
The woman was said to be his recently-divorced wife.
The officer ran out of the auto, yelling at his ex-wife inside about child-custody battles, witnesses said.
Philip Seidle, who was off-duty, bolted out of his Honda Pilot, gun drawn. He is then seen again pacing with the gun to his temple.
The sound of four shots cut through the air as Seidle unloaded a second cluster of bullets into the Volkswagen.
After the shooting, prosecutors say, Phil Seidle pointed the gun at his head and held police at bay for about 30 minutes until they were able to persuade him to surrender. The Seidles’ 7-year-old daughter was in the vehicle with her father at the time. The girl wasn’t wounded, authorities said.
Neighbor Linda Jones, who witnessed the incident, said she knows Philip Seidle.
“The guy was in the middle of the street”, witness Michael Terrell said.
Phillip Seidle is now being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $2 million bail with no 10 with no percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J.
He was charged with kill, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful objective and endangering the welfare of a child – his daughter. It was not immediately clear what charges the officer will face.