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Suicidal Woman Gets Her Wish: Shot and Killed by Police

June 11, 1996

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) _ A suicidal woman who said she would shoot the first person she saw was killed by police early Monday after she turned the weapon on them.

Catherine Falzarano ``died saying, `Thank you God. Thank you God,‴ said Middlesex County Prosecutor Robert W. Gluck.

Her gun, it turned out, was unloaded.

Falzarano, the 42-year-old wife of a Union County police officer, called police at 1:20 a.m. Monday and said a friend with a gun was going to the Woodbridge police station and that they should shoot her, Gluck said.

She called back at about 3:15 a.m. and was more specific, saying the friend’s gun had five rounds in it, Gluck said.

She called a third time at 3:33 a.m., saying she was the one with the gun, that she was across the street from the station, and that she intended to shoot the first person she saw, Gluck said.

Police arrived, shined a light on her and told her to drop the weapon, but she kept advancing on them.

``They saw she wasn’t going to stop and she raised the weapon and pointed it,″ Gluck said.

The officers fired nine shots, hitting her seven times, he said.

Gluck said she left two suicide notes at her house, one to her husband, Dean Falzarano, and one to the police, saying she would have taken her own life, but was ``too chicken,″ so this time she would have them do it.

Gluck said she had tried to kill herself before.

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