New Jersey Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter of Ex-Wife

New Jersey Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter of Ex-Wife
Philip Seidle (right)
Tom Spader/The Asbury Park Press/AP

03/11/2016 AT 05:45 PM EST

A New Jersey police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to aggravated manslaughter stemming from a June incident in which he fatally shot his ex-wife twelve times, PEOPLE confirms.

Sgt. Philip Seidle, 51, a 22-year veteran of the Neptune Township Police Department, also pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, according to a statement by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. As of Thursday, he was suspended from his post without pay.

Last June, according to the statement, Seidle chased the car of ex-wife Tamara Seidle through the streets of Asbury Park, New Jersey, until she collided with another vehicle. At that point, he stepped out of his car and shot into the car several times.

He subsequently put a gun to his own head, but then he again began shooting into his ex-wife's car. After that, he put the gun to his head again, prompting a stand-off with police officers who had arrived on the scene before he ultimately surrendered, the statement says.

During this time, his 7-year-old daughter was sitting in his car, the statement says.

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Seidle said in court that on the day of the shooting, he learned that a man had moved in with his ex-wife. During the shooting, his daughter was in his car because he had taken her shopping for a dress for a father-daughter dance, according to The Asbury Park Press

Seidle texted his children after the shooting, saying, "Your mother is dead because of her actions," the paper reported.

The prosecutor's office will ask for a prison sentence of 30 years, the release states. Defense attorney Edward C. Bertucia told the Asbury Park Press that he will ask the judge for a term between 10 and 20 years.
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