Brooklyn Man Apparently Killed Former Companion Before Committing Suicide

police-tape-200x67WOODBRDIGE — Police are investigating a shooting in which a Brooklyn man apparently shot and killed his former companion, and then killed himself, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Robert Hubner, director of the Woodbridge Police Department, announced today.

Stephanie Barrios, 29, of Strawberry Hill Avenue, Woodbridge, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 18. She apparently was fatally shot while sitting in a car parked outside a house where she was residing.

Also pronounced dead at the scene was her former companion, Luis Rosado, 46, of Brooklyn, N.Y. He apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A preliminary investigation has classified the deaths as a murder/suicide, but the final determination awaits the results of autopsies that will be performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office. The results were not immediately available.

The investigation by Detective Dean Janowski of the Woodbridge Police Department and Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Rosado shot and killed  Barrios before shooting himself. Two handguns were recovered from the scene.

Police arrived to find Barrios had been shot inside a 2007 Mercedes that was parked in front of the home where she had been living with relatives.

Rosado, who owned the vehicle, was found in the street near the parked car.

The investigation further showed that after living together for a number of years in Brooklyn, the couple separated about two months ago and Barrios moved in with the relatives in Woodbridge.

The investigation is active and continuing. Police are asking anyone with information to call Detective Janowski of the Woodbridge Police Department at (732) 634-7700, or Investigator Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3904.

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