Lt. John Formisano, a 24-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder, first degree attempted murder, and other related crimes in connection with a shooting that occurred on Mirror Place in the Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township, according to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Formisano allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife, 37-year-old Christine Solaro of Jefferson. Also critically wounded in the incident was a 40-year-old male, believed to be the victim’s boyfriend.
Officers responded to a call at 1 Mirror Place at 11:21 p.m. on Sunday. They arrived to find a deceased woman’s body, later identified as Christine Solaro, on the front porch of 5 Mirror Place. The injured male victim was found inside the home at 1 Mirror Place.
John Formisano was also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to the prosecutor’s office. While not confirmed by police, sources say that the estranged couple’s two children were allegedly in the home at the time of the shooting.
At approximately 2 a.m., John Formisano, who was identified as the deceased victim’s estranged husband, was found in a parking lot in Livingston, New Jersey. Livingston police took him into custody. They also collected the firearm believed to be used to inflict the injuries from inside the motor vehicle, also in Livingston.
A retired Passaic County Sheriff’s Officer who lives in the neighborhood said a neighbor witnessed the shooting.
“(The shooter) went in the front door,” Thomas Verrone told NJ.com. “He shot the boyfriend three times and he shot the wife two times. She ran out of that house, went to the next door neighbor, banging on the door, yelling she had been shot. But it was late at night, so no one answered.
“He came out, followed her and she went to the other neighbor’s house,” Verrone said. “She opened the (screen) door and then he unloaded more on her (and) she fell there.”
No additional information has been released by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, who is in charge of the investigation, or the Jefferson Township Police Department (JTPD).
“Due to an ongoing police crime scene investigation, very limited information can be released at this time, but there was a serious incident that occurred late Sunday night in the White Rock section of Jefferson,” the JTPD released in a statement earlier on Monday. “There is no danger to the public. Part of Mirror Place will be closed in order to complete the investigation.
“It’s horrifying. It’s scary,” Liliana Morgan, a longtime resident, told the Daily Record. “It’s not anything you expect.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300.
Deputy Editor/Digital Copy Editor Sue Toth contributed to this report.