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Bergen County man arrested for murder with assault rifle

Over the past weekend, law enforcement authorities announced the arrest of a 24-year-old man for murder after he turned himself in Saturday morning.

Just after midnight on Friday, the Bergenfield police dispatcher reportedly received a call from the suspect who said he had used an AR-15 rifle to shoot his girlfriend in a Dumont residence.

However, the man said he couldn't remember the address of his residence. But he was able to give the dispatcher enough information for police officers to find the apartment. The suspect was allegedly in a movie theater at the time the call was placed.

After police arrived, they found a woman on the floor of the Quackenbush Avenue apartment in a pool of blood. Near her body, lying on a mattress, was the rifle.

Police summoned paramedics. An Advanced Life Support Unit was also brought to the scene, but the woman could not be resuscitated, according to reports. She was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m. at the scene.

A police officer then found the shooting suspect at a movie theater at the Garden State Plaza Mall, talking on his cell phone. He was arrested and transported to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office for questioning.

He was charged by prosecutors with homicide, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of an assault firearm.

The AR-15 is a highly customizable semi-automatic assault rifle that can be fitted with flash suppressors, flashlights, laser sights, telescopic sights and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

The suspect's bail has been set at $1 million.

Resource: CBS: "NJ Man Turns Himself In After Allegedly Killing Girlfriend": February 26, 2011

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