12-hour standoff in Franklin comes to a violent end

Police say a 12-hour standoff in a quiet Sussex County community has come to a tragic end. The standoff in Franklin started shortly before 9

FRANKLIN - Police say a 12-hour standoff in a quiet Sussex County community has come to a tragic end.

The standoff in Franklin started shortly before 9 p.m. at 30 Auche Drive.

Authorities say Michael Elekes fired a shotgun at his 77-year-old mother, Ann, striking her in the leg and abdomen. Houses surrounding the standoff were evacuated as a precaution.

Police say the mother managed to make her way outside the house and was taken to Morristown Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.

The 53-year-old suspect also held his father hostage for several more hours until he was safely released.

Neighbors told News 12 New Jersey that the standoff came to a violent end Sunday morning after Elekes took his own life.

Investigators say it is unclear what sparked the standoff.

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