East Hanover Man, 74, Fatally Shoots Wife Inside House

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo of the East Hanover Police Department announce that Alexander Jacobs, 74, of East Hanover, New Jersey, has been charged with first-degree Murder, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth-degree Possession of Prohibited Devices.

Officials say the charges stem from the alleged shooting death of Jacob's wife at their East Hanover residence.

On Thursday, at approximately 2:02 p.m., members of the East Hanover Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Selmar Terrace, East Hanover, for a 911 call.

Upon arrival, first, responding officers located the 911 caller outside the residence. The caller indicated to police that her parents were involved in a domestic incident involving a gun inside the house.

Officials say the defendant, who was later identified as the deceased victim's husband, was determined to be inside the residence. He was taken into the custody of law enforcement outside the residence.

The handgun believed to be used by the defendant to inflict the fatal injuries was recovered at the scene. A deceased female was subsequently located inside the residence.

"This deceased female was identified as the defendant's wife, Lilia Jacobs. An autopsy of the victim's body is pending with the Morris County Medical Examiner's Office," Morris County officials said.

As a result of the investigation, the defendant has been charged with murder, a crime of the first degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the second degree, and Possession of Prohibited Devices, a crime of the fourth degree.

The defendant was charged on a warrant-complaint and lodged at the Morris County Jail, pending a court appearance.