Two bodies found inside home in likely murder-suicide

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PATERSON, NJ – Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora announce that at approximately 7:45 a.m. on November 15, 2021, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to 162 Redwood Avenue, in Paterson, New Jersey on a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located 33-year-old Chacquese Barnes of Paterson, New Jersey, and her significant other, 34-year-old Julius McCutcheon of Paterson, New Jersey, both deceased inside the residence. The initial investigation revealed that Ms. Barnes appears to have been shot to death by Mr. McCutcheon, who then took his own life.

Although the investigation remains active and ongoing no suspects are being sought at this time and there is no danger to the public. More information will be released once it becomes available.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.