ROSELAND, NJ (PIX11) — Cops shot a man who had broken into his ex-girlfriend’s home Wednesday night after he allegedly opened fire in a four-hour standoff in the quiet New Jersey town of Roseland.
It began shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday when a woman called 911 saying there her ex-boyfriend was in her home and wanted to kill her and her son.
When cops arrived, they heard the woman screaming and tried to get inside the home. That is when 51-year old Anthony Vocaturo allegedly began firing his weapon at the woman and her teenage son.
Roseland cops fired back, hitting Vocaturo in the abdomen. During the exchange of gunfire, the woman and her son were able to run out and were unharmed.
Vocaturo than barricaded himself inside the apartment and would not come out.
Roseland Police Chief Kevin McDonough said authorities called the New Jersey SWAT team and negotiators to coax the injured Vocaturo to come outside. In the meantime, Roseland police evacuated a number of nearby homes.
After four hours, Vocaturo surrendered and was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and placed under arrest.
McDonough tells PIX 11 the woman had just taken out a restraining order against Vocaturo, and that may have lead to Vocaturo’s alleged rampage.