The gunshots were reported on Grant Avenue and when police arrived at the scene they reported seeing Middleton put a shotgun inside a trash can in the backyard of a resident’s home.
After a search of the area police apprehended Middleton and three 16-year-old male juveniles inside the basement of a home on Grant Avenue. When officers patted Middleton down they found a 12-gauge shotgun shell in his sweatshirt pocket.
Soon after the police officers spotted the handle of a weapon sticking out of a trash can and recovered a Harrington and Richardson topper Model 88 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun. No shells were found inside the weapon. Police arrested the four males with Middleton being transported to the South district headquarters. Middleton appeared in Central Judicial Processing court this past Monday via a video link from the Hudson jail in Kearny.
Judge Margaret Marley set bail at $50,000 cash or bond. According to police records, Middleton has one prior arrest in New Jersey.