On November 2, 2022, James Weinerman, 31, of Weymouth Twp., pled guilty to two counts of second-degree aggravated assault in connection with a September 2020 incident where he discharged a firearm at his girlfriend and police.
His plea calls for an eight-year New Jersey State Prison sentence subject to the No Early Release Act where he would have to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
On Saturday, September 12, 2020, New Jersey State Troopers were detailed for a report of a domestic dispute on South Jersey Avenue in Weymouth Twp., Atlantic County.
Ultimately, this led to the defendant, James Weinerman, barricading himself in his residence while in possession of multiple firearms, prompting the initiation of a response from multiple N.J.S.P. Units.
After speaking with Weinerman’s girlfriend, police learned that earlier in the day, a verbal argument escalated to the point where Weinerman wouldn’t let her and her kids leave the residence.
Weinerman commented that nobody was going to be able to leave when he shoots the engine block of her car. He then fired a single round from a long gun, striking the front of the victim’s car while she was within 10 feet from it.
A call was placed to 911. Weinerman barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to come out causing the N.J.S.P. to respond. Crisis negotiators established contact with Weinerman.
The N.J.S.P. T.E.A.M.S. Unit moved into position with two Bearcats (armored police vehicles) for a possible breach, if necessary.
After approximately five minutes, Weinerman fired several rounds out of an open rear doorway in the direction of one of the Bearcats.
The Bearcat had approximately ten State Troopers either in the vehicle or behind it. These rounds also struck other unoccupied vehicles in close proximity of the State Troopers, forcing police to retreat into the Bearcat for safety.
After several hours of negotiations, Weinerman agreed to exit the residence and surrender to law enforcement.
During his apprehension, Weinerman forcefully resisted arrest, prompting K-9 deployment and subsequent bite when police attempted to handcuff him.
Sentencing will be on December 14, 2022.