Tribute to slain Keyport athlete ends in standoff
KEYPORT — A fundraiser for the family of a former high school football and baseball player at a restaurant turned into a standoff involving the Monmouth County SWAT team on Sunday night.
The Monmouth County Emergency Response Team was called to the Keyport Uptown Bar & Grill on Broad Street, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Charles Webster. He would not disclose further details about the incident.
A flier on the restaurant's Facebook page showed that a tribute to Evan Smutz, 20, was planned for the afternoon. Smutz was fatally shot in his Keyport apartment in August.
Witnesses told News 12 New Jersey a person involved in a fight at the event went across the street and barricaded themselves in a second-floor apartment.
John Curtin, 19, also of Keyport, turned himself in to the NYPD in connection to the shooting. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.