SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ- A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who fired gunshots in Hampton Township, near to the Sussex County Sheriff’s home around 1:20 a.m. on June 1, according to state police. The announcement does not specifically link the shooting investigation to the incident reported last week near the Sheriff Michael Strada's home, causing him to temporarily relocate his family.
The announcement said when New Jersey State Police troopers went to Halsey Road and Garrett Drive to follow up on reports of gunshots in the area, they found a street sign had been spray painted. The graffiti was “BLM.” They also saw a white man walking on the road, according to state police.
When troopers approached the man, he ran into an open field where he dropped his cell phone. Troopers were able to identify Newton resident Jacob Drelich, 26, as the person they saw on the road on June 1, according to state police.
Drelich admitted he sprayed the street sign when he went to the Sussex County trooper barracks on June 2. The troopers interviewed Drelich and determined he was not a suspect in the shooting, according to state police.
Drelich was charged with criminal mischief, eluding and defiant trespass for violating Executive Order 107. He was released with a court date.
The New Jersey State Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 973-383-1514 or Sussex County Crime Stoppers at 973-300-CRIME or submit at tip online at sussexcountysheriff.com. Anonymous tips are welcome according to the state police.