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Authorities: Woman killed, man found dead after standoff

April 4, 2021 GMT

CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) — A man killed his ex-wife and was later found dead after an hours-long standoff with authorities at his New Jersey home, authorities said.

Bergen County prosecutors said a relative of 34-year-old Massiel Deoleo called Carlsdadt police shortly before noon Saturday to report the Mahwah resident missing and express concerns about her well-being. The relative said she had last been with her ex-husband, 43-year-old James Cox of Carlstadt.

Authorities said that minutes later, another relative called Mahwah police to ask them to come to her residence, where they found many items of her property outside.


At about that time, Carlstadt officers arrived at Cox’s residence but said they found him armed with a semi-automatic weapon and threatening to harm himself. They retreated and called for a SWAT team, and nearby residents were warned to shelter in place.

At about 8 p.m. Saturday, authorities said, SWAT team members entered the Carlstadt residence and found Cox dead of a gunshot wound. They also found the body of the woman and determined that she had been shot to death sometime the previous night, authorities said.

Authorities said an investigation by Carlstadt and Mahwah police and the county prosecutors’ major crimes unit concluded that Cox killed Deoleo and then took his own life.