‘Shots-fired’ call leads to discovery of body


A man has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Riverview Gardens apartments just off Ridge Road and the Belleville Turnpike, acting North Arlington Chief of Police John Hearn said in a news release.

At 11:46 p.m., Thursday, July 9, Hearn said the NAPD got a shots-fired call. When police arrived, they said they found the man inside an apartment with a gunshot wound to the head.

Hearn said the wound appeared to be self-inflicted and that there was apparently no foul play involved. Officers also found a 9mm handgun near the victim, Hearn said.

There were no other injuries.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was transported to University Hospital, Newark, where he was pronounced dead at 12:36 a.m., Friday, July 10, Hearn said.

The investigation is ongoing, Hearn said.

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