MORRISTOWN, NJ -John Formisano—the off-duty Newark police officer who was arrested in July 2019 has been indicted on charges related to a fatal shooting of his estranged wife, announced Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

On December 30, 2019, an indictment was returned by a Morris County grand jury charging Formisano with a number of offenses, including first degree Murder, first degree Attempted Murder, two (2) counts of second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Official Misconduct, two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and third degree Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, said authorities.

According to police, at approximately 11:21 p.m., members of the Jefferson Township Police Department were dispatched to 1 Mirror Place for 911 calls of shots fired. Police found a deceased woman's body lying on the front porch. The woman was later identified as his 37-year-old estranged wife, Christine Formisano, said police. A 40 year old male, was located with multiple gunshot wounds inside the residence of 1 Mirror Place. 

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John Formisano, was located in a parking lot in Livingston around 2a.m. and was taken into custody by law enforcement. The firearm believed to be used by the defendant was also recovered in Livingston, said police.

Formisano, a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, was off-duty at the time of the incident. He had been on the Newark’s police force for 24 years, according to the Newark Public Safety Department and earned about $117,000 annually as a Newark police lieutenant, state records show.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


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