Chilling 911 Call Released In Deadly Mountain Lakes Realty Office Shooting
MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A stunning 911 exchange between the New Jersey man accused of killing his co-worker at the realty office where they worked was released Tuesday.
Prosecutor’s released audio of the call they say Leonardo Parera made right after shooting and killing 48-year-old Christine King inside the EXIT Realty Gold Service in Mountain Lakes on Friday.
LISTEN TO THE FULL CHILLING 911 CALL
The following are excerpts from the 911 call released by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
Operator: “911 whats your emergency”
Parera: “I just killed someone, 100 Route 46.”
Operator: “What do you mean, you just killed someone?”
Parera: “Exactly what I said, I’m armed and dangerous.”
Parera: “I’m reloading right now. I’m going to shoot at anybody that approaches the car.”
At one point, the 39-year-old gets agitated as a calm dispatcher tries to get details.
Parera: “You know what? I’m armed, I’m dangerous, send the cops out. I’m in a parking lot, I can see from every angle. I will shoot at anyone who approaches the car.”
Operator: “You don’t have to go anywhere; you can stay on the phone with me, sir. We can de-escalate this and make things better.”
Parera: “We’re not going to de-escalate this. I’m looking to escalate.”
Right after making the call, Parera was killed in a gun battle with police. He wouldn’t tell the dispatcher why he killed King, a wife and mother of two teenage boys.
“She was just a loving person. She liked everyone, she had a great personality,” one son told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
“She was always there for me and I really miss her and I really wish she was back. I really do,” said King’s other son.
The family said they did not know the gunman. Parera’s call, which he made sitting in his Honda Civic, indicates he had no intentions of surrendering. He told the dispatcher he had a rifle and several handguns.
Parera: “You know what, I need to make some calls and let people know, you know, I’m going to be dead now.”
Operator: “I’d appreciate that you stay on the line with me. I’d rather you not kill yourself or anybody else.”
The gunman ended the phone call saying he didn’t want to kill anyone else. Soon after, he himself was shot and killed by police.
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