Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Belleville Police Chief Mark Minichini announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a home invasion that resulted in a fatal shooting.
Last night at approximately 10 p.m., a resident was shot in his home on Berton Place during what appears to be a home invasion.
The preliminary investigation indicates that an armed man entered the home of a resident; a struggle ensued and the resident was shot. However, the resident then fatally shot the would-be burglar. After being shot, the unidentified burglar fled and collapsed in Nutley.
The investigation is active and ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS4-EC or 1-877-847-7432.