Man shot by police during Roseland domestic dispute

July 11, 2013 9:10:32 AM PDT
A man was shot during an exchange of gunfire with police after he barricaded himself in his ex-girlfriend's home in New Jersey during an apparent domestic dispute.

The man, identified as 51-year-old Anthony Docaturo, was hit by police gunfire after bursting into his ex-girlfriend's townhouse on Schweinberg Drive in Roseland just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

He reportedly threatened to kill her before she and her teenage son ran for safety and called police. Officers arrived while Docaturo was apparently firing shots at them. Then he turned his attention to police, firing at them as well.

"The biggest challenge was that my officer was under fire when he responded," Roseland Police Chief Richard McDonough said. "The fear that was going on inside, we didn't know what was taking place. I believe my officer's actions probably saved the too people inside the home."

During the exchange, the woman and her son were able to escape the house.

Docaturo was struck in the abdomen by police gunfire, but stayed barricaded inside the townhouse for the next five hours.

Heavily armed police evacuated the normally quiet street while negotiating with the barricaded man.

He finally surrendered just after 3 a.m. and was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound.

The woman and her teen son were not injured. She apparently had been granted a restraining order against Docaturo, but it had not yet been served.