Prosecutor Knapp Announces Cause and Manner of Deaths in Fatal Shooting in Roxbury Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the cause and manner of two deaths on Wills Road in the Landing section of Roxbury Township on September 22, 2014, as well as confirming the identities of the two individuals. 

As the result of post-mortem examinations conducted by Morris County Medical ExaminerRonald Suarez, the individuals were positively identified as Cheryl DeSombre, and her husband, Jay DeSombre.  In addition, the post-mortem examinations revealed that Cheryl DeSombre’s manner of death was listed as homicide caused by gunshot wounds inflicted upon her.  Jay DeSombre’s manner of death was listed as a suicide caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On September 22, 2014, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Roxbury Township police officers responded to 527 Wills Road located in the Landing section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey concerning a report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, they located the deceased individuals within the home. The investigation did not reveal any evidence of outside intrusion into the home and there is no cause for concern to the community.

Any inquiries may be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].  It is not anticipated that any additional press information will be released today.

Two Deaths Investigated in Roxbury Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Roxbury Township Police Chief James Simonetti announce the investigation into the deaths of Cheryl DeSombre, 48 years old, and Jay DeSombre, 65 years old, husband and wife.

On September 22, 2014, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Roxbury Township police officers responded to 527 Wills Road located in the Landing section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey concerning a report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, they located the deceased victims within the home. The investigation did not reveal any evidence of outside intrusion into the home and there is no cause for concern to the community.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Roxbury Township Police Department at 973-448-2100.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Simonetti would like to thank the Roxbury Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section, the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

 

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Joins 9th Annual Operation Take-Back Day

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, Morris Plains Police Chief Jason Kohn, Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett announce their agencies will be acting in conjunction on Saturday, September 27, 2014, joining the 9th Annual Operation Take-Back Day program.

Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that encourages individuals to turn in unused or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. The medication collection will allow citizens to give their unused medications to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information. After the event, law enforcement officials will dispose of the medications collected in an environmentally safe manner.

Operation Take-Back will be held in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on September 27, 2014, from 10:00A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the following three locations:

Stop and Shop Supermarket
245 Littleton Road
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950

Randolph Township Municipal Building
502 Millbrook Road
Randolph, New Jersey 07869

Mountain Lakes Fire Department
400 Boulevard
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.

Operation Take Back is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Prevention Network, New Jersey Chiefs’ of Police Association, Morris Plains Police Department, Randolph Police Department, Stop and Shop Supermarket, Mountain Lakes Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. This initiative also includes numerous other drop off sites nationwide and also throughout Morris County. To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov or contact your local Police Department.

If you need additional information, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6268.