UPDATE: Search continues for armed and dangerous man who fired a shot during attempted burglary

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Authorities are still searching for a man who they are calling armed and dangerous, according to Morris Township Police Chief Mark Dicarlo.

On Saturday at around 8:15 p.m.., police were notified of an alleged burglary, which occurred on Frederick Place in Morris Township, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris Township Police Chief Mark DiCarlo, and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz said in a joint statement on Monday.

An unknown suspect, who was armed with a handgun, had attempted to make entry into the rear of a residence. During this attempt, the resident’s dog chased after the suspect, at which time it is believed that the suspect fired the handgun in the direction of the dog. The fired shot is believed to have entered into a portion of the home.

There were no injuries as a result of this event. The home was occupied by the resident at the time of the incident.

The suspect has been described by the resident of the home as a black male, with an athletic build, approximately 5′-6” to 5′-8”. The suspect is believed to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s. The suspect’s hair has been described as short on the sides, with one inch twisted braids on top. He was further reported to be wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and wearing a black backpack.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in this investigation, including the Morris Township Police Department, the Morristown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation is active and ongoing, and law enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance with information. Anyone with any type of information is encouraged to contact the Morris Township Police at 973-539-0777, Morris Township Detective Justin Crowell at 973-326-7484, the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200.

In addition, anyone with information regarding this incident may contact the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers Program at, 973-COP-CALL or by using the free “P3 Tips” app on any mobile device. You will remain completely anonymous.

There is no danger to the public at this time and the incident remains an active investigation, DiCarlo said Sunday morning.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook