Maplewood Police and Fire

UPDATE: Shots Fired on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood, Suspect in Custody

This story was updated at 6:00 p.m. on September 11, with a report from the Maplewood Police.

The Maplewood Police have apprehended a suspect after shots were fired on Springfield Avenue this morning.

“This is a domestic related incident,” reported Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul. “The suspect is in custody and there is no reason to believe that any further danger exists.”

Chief DeVaul updated the public with a release at 6 p.m.:

On September 11, 2019 at approximately 735am, the Maplewood Police Department received several 911 calls of gunshots in the area of 1701 Springfield Avenue. Officers arrived immediately to the scene and observed an injured adult female. The victim was able to motion to officers that the actor had fled through the rear of the parking garage. Officers in the area observed a suspect running from the scene matching the clothing description provided by the witnesses. Officers stopped that individual on Hilton Avenue. The suspect was found in possession of a 22 Cal. handgun and a knife.

The suspect was taken into custody and through investigation it was later determined that the victim and actor are known to each other and it was a domestic related incident. The suspect, Nyesha Allen, 28 year old of Newark NJ, is currently in custody and charges are pending. The victim is receiving treatment at Rutgers Hospital, Newark NJ for multiple gunshot and stab wounds. Several 22 Caliber bullet casings were recovered at scene.   

Detectives are currently canvassing in the area for additional witnesses. If anyone has information or video pertaining to this incident, Please contact Det. Baez (973) 761-7920.

Earlier in the day, South Orange-Maplewood Schools Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor shared this letter to the SOMSD community sent via email:

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