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Lawyer found dead identified by FBI as suspect in shooting of judge’s son, husband

Police said Monday that the suspect in the shooting of a New Jersey judge’s son and brother has been found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The suspect was found in Rockland, N.Y., with a gun at the scene. Police are investigating whether it was the same one used to kill Judge Esther Salas’s 20-year-old son, David Anderl, and wound her husband, Mark Anderl at their home in New Brunswick, according to a New York NBC affiliate.

Salas, an Obama appointee who was the first Latina U.S. district judge in the Garden State, was in the basement at the time of the shooting.

In a statement Monday, the FBI said it had identified Roy Den Hollander, now deceased, as its prime suspect in the shooting. Den Hollander had a case challenging the military’s all-male draft pending before Salas at the time of his death, according to court documents first reported by the Daily Beast.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals are both investigating the shooting.

While law enforcement has said the shootings could have been a robbery gone wrong, among other possibilities, the gunman reportedly came to the door disguised as a FedEx delivery person.

Salas was recently assigned to an ongoing lawsuit by investors in Deutsche Bank against the financial institution, who accused it of misleading them about its safeguards against money laundering and “high-risk” customers. The bank was fined $150 million earlier this month by New York’s Department of Financial Services for failure to monitor suspicious activity by clients including the late financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

“Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said in a statement. “This tragedy is our latest reminder that gun violence remains a crisis in our country and that our work to make every community safer isn’t done.”

“I know Judge Salas and her husband well, and was proud to recommend her to President Obama for nomination to New Jersey’s federal bench. My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said.

Updated at 6:10 p.m.

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