Chacquese Barnes Death: Authorities say a man and woman were found dead in a possible murder-suicide on Redwood Avenue Monday morning.
Officials with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office were called to the residence about 7:15 a.m. on Redwood Avenue. Arriving officers located 34-year-old Julius McCutcheon and 33-year-old Chacquese Barnes, both dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Investigators believe the shooting was a result of an altercation. McCutcheon appeared to have shot Barnes before turning gun on self. Police say this is no threat to the public.
A 10-year-old male child and a 1-year-old toddler whom neighbors say were the children of the deceased woman, were in the house at the time of the shooting, but were unhurt, according to Paterson Police Department.
A crime scene was established and the Doremu Street and Crosby Avenue were taped off.
Authorities say a family disclosed the woman was pregnant when she was killed. While police were at the scene, a dispute erupted between people connected to the man and others associated with the woman, authorities said. Several people involved in the altercations were placed in handcuffs, sources said. Details were not available on whether anyone was charged with crimes involving those disputes.
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The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office urges anyone with information about the deaths to contact its tips line at 1 (877) 370-PCPO or [email protected], or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120.
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