Barnegat Man Dies After Accidental Shooting

Mar 13, 2019

A Barnegat Township man died over the weekend after disassembling a firearm at his home early in the evening of March 9.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Barnegat Township Police Chief Keith Germain said police were called to residence on Gunning River Road near Willow Tree Court on a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An investigation determined that James Hammer, 46,  had accidently shot himself while disassembling the firearm. Hammer was taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center and was then flown to AtlantiCare Regional Trauma Center in Atlantic City.

Authorities said Hammer died from his wounds at approximately midnight.  —E.E.

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