Fair Lawn NJ Police Investigate Possible Murder-Suicide at Local Residence
The violent crimes were reportedly committed around midnight. According to Bergen County NJ authorities, the 53-year-old suspect committed the murders at a house belonging to his parents. The suspect reportedly used a firearm to fatally shoot his elderly parents. The suspect’s father was 76 years old and his mother was 73 years old when they were killed.
After reportedly killing the victims, the suspect allegedly set fire to the home and committed aggravated arson.
The suspect then reportedly turned the handgun on himself and committed suicide.
Neighbors soon saw smoke coming from the home and dialed 911, prompting the Fair Lawn Police Department and the Fair Lawn Fire Department to send personnel to the scene.
When firefighters got to the residence and began to put out the fire, they came across the bodies of the suspect and the victims.
A later search of the house turned up the handgun allegedly used by the suspect to kill the victims.
When the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the bodies, they learned that the probable cause of death for the victims was homicide. Medical examiners also said that the likely cause of death for the suspect was suicide.
For additional information about this case, read the Patch.com article, “Bergen Man Killed His Parents, Set Their House on Fire, and Killed Himself: Prosecutor.”