ASBURY PARK, N.J. —The Monmouth County Prosecutor's office has charged an off-duty police sergeant with murdering his ex-wife in front of his 7-year-old daughter in the middle of Sewall Avenue in Asbury Park Tuesday.
Sgt. Phillip Seidle, 51, is a 22-year veteran of the Neptune Police Department, and a father of 9 children. He and his ex-wife, 51-year-old Tamara Seidle, had just finalized their divorce in May. Investigators say Sgt. Seidle had lost custody of their children.
Surveillance video of the scene showed a car chase around 11:30 a.m., which ended when Tamara Seidle's car got wedged between a parked car and Sgt. Seidle's SUV.
“I just saw a crash, then I saw a guy get out of the car and fire off a couple of shots, put a gun to his head, and continue to scream and yell," said Warren Williams, who was working nearby.
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Cell phone video shows Mr. Seidle pacing back and forth with a gun to his head, before he walks over to his ex-wife's car and shoots her the through the driver's side window. He then does it again.
The whole thing apparently played out in front of his 7-year-old daughter, the youngest of the couple's nine children. The prosecutor said she was seated in the passenger seat of her dad's SUV.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Seidle children and to the family of Tamara Seidle," said Marc LeMieux, the First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor.
The stand off between police and Seidle lasted around 25 minutes, and ended when he surrendered. But his ex-wife was already dead. At some point, the prosecutor said he allowed police to remove his daughter from the scene.
Sgt. Seidle is in Monmouth County jail tonight. He's being held on $2 million bail with no 10 percent option.