The violent incident happened at a home on West Clinton Street in Bergenfield, NJ. An 11-year-old child who resides there dialed 911 around 10:20 a.m. and told a police dispatcher that he found his parents and that they were not breathing.
Bergenfield police officers were sent to the scene, where they came across the bodies of two people: 36-year-old woman who was found in an upstairs bedroom at the residence and a 44-year-old man who was found in a utility room in the basement of the home.
Bergenfield NJ police investigated and quickly determined that the female victim was shot by someone else, while the male had probably died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Bergen County NJ medical examiners will conduct autopsies and ultimately confirm the official causes of death in the probable homicide and suicide.
While law enforcement was investigating the incident at the residence, multiple co-workers of the female victim came to the house. The woman’s co-workers told police that they became concerned when she failed to show up for work at the nearby Dollar Tree Store.
Police are currently investigating the deaths as a domestic violence murder-suicide incident. The investigation includes the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, and the Bergenfield Police Department. When investigators spoke with neighbors, they were told no one heard any gunshots or loud noises coming from the home that day.
While the investigation is ongoing, the young child has been removed from the home and placed in the custody of Bergen County NJ authorities.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “2 Dead in Apparent Bergenfield Murder-Suicide, Official Says.”