As his 7-year-old daughter watched Tuesday from the front seat of his SUV, a police officer gunned down his ex-wife on the street in front of horrified witnesses, authorities said.

Sgt. Philip Seidle, 51, of Neptune Township police has been charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and endangering his daughter’s welfare in connection with the the death of Tamara Seidle, also 51, said Mark LeMieux, first assistant prosecutor in Monmouth County, N.J. The couple, who divorced May 27, had nine children ranging in age from 7 to 24.

The fatal shooting began around 11:30 a.m. ET when Seidle, who was off duty, chased his ex-wife as she was driving through the streets here, LeMieux said.

As Tamara Seidle was trying to flee, her vehicle crashed into a parked car. Philip Seidle then swerved his Honda Pilot into hers, got out of the car, pulled out his handgun and approached her car, immediately firing into the driver’s side several times, LeMieux said.

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