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Fanwood Shooting Suspect Dead

By JOHN MOONEY

March 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM

FANWOOD, NJ -- John Antonucci, the 49-year-old Fanwood man who allegedly engaged police in an eight-hour standoff involving gunfire last fall, has died.  Funeral services were held today at the Mastapeter Funeral Home in Roselle Park, NJ, according to an obituary.  The cause of death has not been released.

Antonucci’s death came before his possible indictment by a grand jury.  He had been charged with four counts of aggravated assault for each of the five law enforcement officers who were fired upon, plus three counts of resisting arrest and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Fanwood police were called to a home on Locust Avenue on a report of shots being fired shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.  They encountered a man, allegedly Antonucci, standing in a window brandishing a weapon.  He allegedly started shooting at officers with a rifle before officers returned fire.