BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — Police say Leroy Frank, 60, was armed with a knife when they responded to a domestic violence 911 call just after 8 a.m. on Greenbrook Drive.
“Upon their arrival they found a woman who appears to be a resident of the home who was suffering from stab wounds," said Bloomfield Public Safety Director Samuel DeMaio.
The name of Frank's estranged wife has not been released. But police say she is 54 years old and was stabbed repeatedly. She is in stable condition.
Officers say they tried to talk to Frank, but he lunged at them.
"After a confrontation with the officers, two shots were fired and the individual was struck," said Director DeMaio.
Frank was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I was shocked when I found out that he was the perpetrator of the situation because he seemed like a totally nice guy," said Greg Silverstein, who lives next door.
The shooting happened inside a townhome in a quiet, dead end development. It's located on the northern side of town, off Broad Street.
Neighbors said that Frank would occasionally sit in his car outside for long periods of time. But they did not recall any prior visits by police or any noise at the home.
"They were nice, they were quiet," said Silverstein.
A police officer involved in the shooting did complain of chest pain and was taken to the hospital.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office Professional Standards Bureau is investigating.