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One Dead After Franklin Borough Standoff And Hostage Situation

Jennifer Jean Miller

Sunday, November 18, 2012 • 3:38pm

 

FRANKLIN BOROUGH NJ - A standoff and hostage situation has ended with the suicide of a Franklin Borough resident.
 
Yesterday evening at 8:40 p.m., the Franklin Borough Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from Anne Elekes of 30 Auche Drive, to report that her son Michael Elekes, age 53, was in possession of a shotgun, and was threatening her, Gregory Mueller, First Assistant Prosecutor from the Sussex County Prosecutors Office told The Alternative Press in an interview today.
 
Mueller said the Franklin Borough Police Department responded, and as Anne Elekes fled from her residence into their custody, Michael Elekes shot her in the back.
 
"The mother was brought to safety, and medevaced to Morristown Memorial Hospital," Mueller said. "She is in stable condition, and is expected to recover from her injuries."
 
From there, Michael Elekes returned to the inside of the residence, and took his father, James Elekes, hostage.
 
Mueller said roughly 70 law enforcement professionals from surrounding law enforcement agencies, joined Franklin Borough Police Department, at the scene. They included the New Jersey State Police, the Sussex County Prosecutors Office, the Newton Police Department, Andover Township Police Department, Hardyston Police Department, Ogdensburg Police Department, Sparta Police Department, Hamburg Borough, Vernon Township, Byram Township Police Department, and other agencies (full list of departments and officers present to be released), which responded in mutual aid.
 
Byram Township Police Officer Guy Mariani, Mueller said, is trained as a hostage negotiator.
 
"He was able to get Michael Elekes to negotiate the release of his father," said Mueller.
 
From there, police safely secured James Elekes.
 
Michael Elekes remained barricaded in the residence, and at 4 a.m. this morning, the New Jersey State Police Teams Unit made entry into the home, and found Michael Elekes deceased, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
Mueller said an autopsy has already been performed on Michael Elekes, and determined suicide.
 
The details surrounding the case, Mueller said, are still under investigation.
 
The Alternative Press will continue to follow this story, and release more details as they become available.
 
 
 
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