Officials: Trooper found dead died of self-inflicted gunshot

A medical examiner has confirmed that a state trooper found dead this morning on the Garden State Parkway died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. State Trooper Scott Graham, 35, was found dead in his patrol car on the side of the off-ramp from the southbound side of the parkway to southbound Route 34 in Wall Township. Police had shut down the ramp leading to Route 34 for nearly four hours as they investigated.

The death comes more than a week after State Trooper Marc Castellano was struck and killed by a car on Interstate 195 while assisting in a search for two people believed to have abandoned a vehicle in Howell.

Graham, a 10-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police, was assigned to the State Police Academy. He leaves behind a wife and three young children.

Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police released the following statement: The tragic death of Tpr. Graham today deepens the wound that the New Jersey State Police family suffered from the recent death of Tpr. Castellano. We are again offering our support to another family coping with a tragic end to a loved one's life. This afternoon, we have had counselors offering their services at State Police locations. We appreciate the compassion with which the public has reached out to us in this time of sorrow. We ask for propriety and patience for anyone who would like to contact the Graham family.

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