Earlier on Monday US Marshals joined the FBI in the search for the gunman, who had reportedly been dressed as a FedEx employee when he killed Daniel Anderl, 20, and critically injured Mark Anderl. Ms Salas was unharmed in the attack.
A suspect in the shooting of a federal judge’s husband and son in New Jersey has been found dead in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials.
Multiple reports say the body of an attorney found near Liberty in the New York Catskills was the man who killed the son of US District Court Judge Esther Salas and wounded her husband on Sunday.
“There’s a pretty good level of confidence he’s the guy,” an official briefed on the matter told The New York Times.
Quoting law enforcement sources, ABC News reported that the suspect’s body was found by a municipal employee in a car; dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
While authorities have not indicated a motive for the shooting, Ms Salas has presided over a number of high-profile cases.
She was assigned last week to a class-action lawsuit against Deutsche Bank, brought by investors who allege the company “made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failed to monitor ‘high-risk’ customers, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein,” according to the AP.
The suspect’s body was found on a property in the town of Rockland in Sullivan County, about two hours away from the Salas’s New Brunswisk home, and a senior law enforcement official told News 4 that authorities were investigating whether a package or envelope addressed to Ms Salas was found near the man’s body.
A vehicle believed to be used by the man was being searched at a nearby State Police barracks, the officials said.
Ms Salas was in the basement at the time of the attack. Officials said her husband was shot multiple times and their son was shot in the heart before the gunman fled the scene about 5pm on Sunday.
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While the suspect was reportedly dressed as a FedEx employee, and he had a FedEx package addressed to the judge in his nearby vehicle, it was unclear if there was an official connection to the company.
“We are aware of the media reports and are fully cooperating with investigating authorities,” FedEx said in a statement emailed to media.
Unidentified sources told ABC News, however, that the suspect had appeared as an attorney in a case before Ms Salas in 2015.
Two law-enforcement sources have told The Daily Beast that the suspected gunman was Roy Den Hollander, who had a case challenging the military’s male-only draft pending before Ms Salas.
US Attorney General William Barr on Monday promised to use the full resources of the Justice Department in the investigation.
“Oh behalf of the entire Justice Department, I send my deepest condolences to Judge Salas and her family on the death of their son and wish her husband a swift and complete recovery,” Mr Barr said in a statement released by his spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec.
“This kind of lawless, evil action carried out against a member of the federal judiciary will not be tolerated, and I have ordered the full resources of the FBI and US Marshals Service to investigate the matter.”