Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet announced the arrests of Ryan D. Keogh, 28, Cindy V. Keogh, 61, and David J. Keogh, 58 of Bound Brook, in connection with the shooting death of Terrence C. Coulanges, 29 of Old Bridge.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Jan. 9th, at approximately 7:36 p.m., the Middlesex Borough Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting shots fired at a residence on Farm Lane in Bound Brook.
Middlesex Borough authorities relayed the call to Bound Brook Police who responded and located Terrence C. Coulanges, 29, of Old Bridge, outside the residence suffering from gunshot wounds.
Responding officers, along with medical personnel initiated life saving measures and subsequently transported Coulanges to an area trauma center where he was pronounced dead.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crimes Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene, along with detectives from the Bound Brook Police Department to conduct the investigation.
Investigators interviewed numerous neighbors who reported hearing what they believed to be gunshots during the time frame of approximately 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A preliminary finding by the Medical Examiner’s Office listed Coulanges’ cause of death as gunshot wounds and the manner of death as homicide.
The investigation determined that defendant Keogh, along with his parents, left the residence on Farm Lane for a period of time after Coulanges was shot and before Cindy Keogh placed the 9-1-1 call at 7:36 p.m.
The motive for the homicide has not been confirmed and the investigation remains on-going.
Investigators arrested Ryan D. Keogh today at approximately 8:55 a.m. without incident in Manchester, New Jersey.
Police charged Keogh with 1st degree Murder, 2nd degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, 3rd degree Hindering Investigation, 3rd degree Endangering an Injured Victim, and 4th degree False Swearing.
Officials say defendants Cindy V. Keogh and David J. Keogh surrendered to investigators at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, where each were arrested and charged with 3rd degree Hindering Investigation, 3rd degree Endangering an Injured Victim, and 4th degree False Swearing. Defendant Ryan D. Keogh was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. Defendants Cindy V. Keogh and David J. Keogh were released on their own recognizance pending a future court date.
The arrest of defendant Ryan Keogh was made with the assistance of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Franklin Resident Agency and the Manchester Township Police Department.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Bet request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Bound Brook Police Department at (732) 356-0800 or make a report via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos.
The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.