New Jersey mother Tamara Seidle was laid to rest in Asbury Park on Monday, but concerns raised by the circumstances surrounding her murder remain very much alive. Reportedly shot by her ex-husband and Neptune police officer over an ongoing child custody dispute, Tamara Seidle was killed in her vehicle on June 16th. The couple had finalized their divorce last month.
Monmouth County prosecutors say Neptune Township Sgt. Philip Seidle was off-duty when he fatally shot his 51-year-old ex-wife, to whom he was married for almost 25 years. The couple had nine children together, ranging in age from 7 to 24 – including a 7-year-old daughter who was present during the shooting.
Eyewitnesses say that Seidle chased and crashed into his ex-wife’s vehicle while their daughter was in the car with him. He then opened fire with multiple shots into his ex-wife’s front windshield. Police managed to rescue the couple’s daughter from Seidle’s car when he turned the weapon back on himself. However, when Seidle pulled the trigger, the violence was directed towards his ex-wife yet again; he shot her car several more times before putting the gun to his own head and stalling for 30 minutes. Police say he surrendered after half an hour of pacing with his weapon drawn.
A 22-year veteran of the Neptune police force, Seidle was suspended without pay following his arrest. He is being held in jail on a $2 million cash bail and faces charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and child endangerment.
Emotions often run high during the divorce process and in the difficult period of adjustment following a divorce, especially if there are unresolved issues regarding child custody. Any parent or individual struggling with the stress of a recent divorce is encouraged to seek counseling and treatment for anger management.