Man accused of armed robbery found dead after police standoff

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A 45-year-old Long Valley man who was a suspect in an alleged armed robbery was found dead in his apartment after a 24-hour standoff with police.

On Monday at 10:00 p.m., township police responded to the parking lot in front of the Hastings Square complex for a reported robbery with a handgun that had just occurred, police said.

Upon arriving on scene, police immediately used a K-9 and tracked the suspect to the Wimbledon area. Further investigation confirmed that James Appis was the person wanted for the alleged armed robbery. He was subsequently charged with robbery related to his involvement in this incident, police said.

A perimeter was set up around Appis’ residence and throughout the next 24-hours, multiple attempts were made to contact Appis to have him exit his residence, police said.

When these attempts failed, law enforcement made entry into the residence and located Appis deceased from a single gunshot wound. The subsequent investigation revealed numerous firearms and ammunition within the residence, which were secured by law enforcement, police said.

Washington Township Police was assisted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

“We would also like to thank the Hastings Square Community for supporting our efforts and for assisting us with bringing this incident to an end with no law enforcement or civilians getting hurt,” police said.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook