Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Participate in Leadership Excellence-Direct Results (LEDR) Criminal Justice Day

On August 14, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Smith, Detective Supervisor Thomas Joiner, and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre presented at “Criminal Justice Day” sponsored by Leadership Excellence – Direct Results (LEDR) and Team Eagle Foundation – Youth Strategic Mentoring in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America at the Morris County Correctional Facility. Approximately 35 students were in attendance at the program to learn about careers in Criminal Justice.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Smith and Detective Supervisor Joiner spoke about the role the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office plays in the community as the chief law enforcement agency of Morris County. They also discussed the various career paths available for the students interested in a career in law enforcement. Following Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Smith and Detective Supervisor Joiner, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre presented on cyber bullying. He covered what constitutes cyber bullying, the penalties that can result from committing cyber bullying, and how to properly report any cyber bullying they may be aware of. After the presentations, a question and answer session was held for the students in attendance.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to present at programs which enable the young people in our community to learn more about prospective careers in law enforcement. I would like to thank the LEDR, Team Eagle Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America for inviting our office to participate in this program and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office for hosting the program at the Morris County Correctional Facility”.

Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Participate in Leadership Excellence-Direct Results (LEDR) Criminal Justice Day
SAP Smith
Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Participate in Leadership Excellence-Direct Results (LEDR) Criminal Justice Day
D/S LaGuerre

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Man Charged with Two Counts of Attempted Murder in Connection with Shooting in Washington Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Jeffrey Almer of the Washington Township Police Department announce that Michael Barisone, age 54, of West Mill Road, Washington Township, has been charged with Attempted Murder and weapons offenses in connection with an incident occurring on August 7, 2019.

At approximately 2:13 p.m. on August 7, police received a 9-1-1 call requesting service at 411 West Mill Road for a female with gunshot wounds. Washington Township Police responded to the scene and located one female who had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The Defendant, Michael Barisone, and a second male victim were also located at the scene. A handgun was also recovered.

As a result of the investigation into this incident, the Defendant was charged with two counts of Attempted Murder, crimes of the first degree, and two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, crimes of the second degree.

Members of the Washington Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to the investigation.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Washington Township Police Department at 908-876-3232.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Washington Township Shooting Under Investigation

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Jeffrey Almer of the Washington Township Police Department confirm the investigation of an incident occurring on West Mill Road, in Washington Township, New Jersey on August 7, 2019.

At approximately 2:15 p.m., police were dispatched to 411 West Mill Road on a report of shots fired. Members of the Washington Township Police Department responded quickly, took the suspect into custody and secured the scene. Law enforcement located one individual who had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Two additional injured individuals were also located at the scene, including the suspect.

At this time, the incident remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. There is no ongoing threat to the public.

Members of the Washington Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit are investigating.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Washington Township Police Department at 908-876-3232.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.