6/16/10 2:00pm EST UPDATE: New Jersey State Police identify trooper as Scott Graham, 35, of Keyport. Graham leaves behind a wife and three children and had been a trooper for nine years. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. Authorities will not confirm whether the death was a suicide but continue to say that no suspects are being sought.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. today, a New Jersey state trooper was found unresponsive in his marked vehicle as it was parked on the ramp at exit 98 from the southbound Garden State Parkway to Route 34 South, according to State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos. As of 12:55pm EST today, CBS News is reporting the incident as a suicide, though this was not confirmed by State Police at the time.
The trooper, whose name has not yet been released, was found shot. State Police call the death “suspicious,” and detectives are investigating, although the agency is not currently looking for any additional vehicles or suspects in connection with the investigation.
“Some irresponsible news outlets have published unconfirmed reports of manhunts and gunfights,” Castellanos said.
The trooper killed is confirmed to be male, according to Sgt. Stephen Jones.
The trooper was found approximately four miles from where Trooper Marc Castellano, 29, was fatally struck, at exit 31A off of Route 195, on the morning of June 6. He was buried on Saturday, after a funeral ceremony with thousands of law enforcement officers in attendance, including hundreds of off-duty State Police.
Castellano had been on the side of the highway searching for the alleged accomplice of a Camden County woman State Police had taken into custody. He was killed in an accident by a passing vehicle before it was determined that the woman had fabricated her story.