911 calls in Carlstadt murder-suicide: ‘Hurry up, hurry up’
CARLSTADT – Police have released 911 calls in the July 6 murder-suicide that cost three children their parents.
Authorities say Scott Sabia, 45, shot his wife on their lawn before barricading himself in their house. Police found Scott Sabia dead hours later from a gunshot wound, a shotgun by his side.
In one recording, a female caller tells police, "The guy's children are across the street. ... They ran across the street." Police say the children escaped unharmed.
The female caller tells police she saw someone with a gun. "It looked like a rifle."
"Hurry up, hurry up," she urges.
In another recording, a male caller tells police they should come to Union Street "right away."
"He has a gun. The guy has a gun," the male caller says.
And the male caller urges police to send an ambulance.
"He shot his wife, I think," the caller says.
Several questions still remain about the shooting. NorthJersey.com reported this week authorities were aware Scott Sabia had a considerable history of depression — having responded to his house for several suicide threats and an attempt.
Bergen County emergency psychiatric screeners had him involuntarily admitted to Bergen Regional Medical Center last year. But he apparently continued to have access to a weapon at his home, according to the report.
As the NorthJersey.com story notes, "he police reports raise questions about how Sabia was able to possess a gun, given his documented history of depression and suicide threats."
It's not clear if he owned the gun legally, or when he obtained it.
Police records obtained by NorthJersey.com indicate that despite the repeated police calls to the home, none were for domestic violence incidents.
Michele Sabia, a teacher at the Washington School in neighboring Rutherford, was laid to rest on Monday.
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