Morristown Man Charged in Homicide of Cedar Knolls Resident

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MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Morristown Police Department Acting Chief Darnell Richardson announce that Tyrell Lansing, age 27, last known address in Morristown, NJ, has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses that stem from an August 18, homicide occurring on Clyde Potts Drive, Morristown.

On Wednesday, August 18, at approximately 1:03 a.m., the Morristown Police Department received a 911 call regarding a shooting on Clyde Potts Drive. First responders located a male in the parking lot near 28 Clyde Potts Drive with multiple fatal gunshot wounds. Following an autopsy, Morris County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Di Wang, M.D. determined the manner of death to be a homicide. The victim has been identified as Raijah Scott, 35, of Cedar Knolls.

The investigation revealed that the Defendant and the victim were acquaintances. The investigation further revealed that at approximately 1:01 a.m., Defendant shot the victim multiple times before fleeing the scene in a motor vehicle. The defendant was apprehended on August 19, traveling through the State of Oklahoma.

As a result of the investigation, Defendant has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, second-degree Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons or Ammunition, and fourth-degree Possession of Prohibited Weapons. The Defendant is currently in custody in Oklahoma, pending extradition to New Jersey.

Numerous law enforcement agencies have participated in this investigation, including members of the Morristown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the New Jersey State Police, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200, the Morristown Police Department at (973) 292-6737, or Morris County Crime Stoppers at (973) 267-2255. Persons reporting any information may remain anonymous.  Information on how to leave an anonymous call or text message can be found at the Crime Stoppers Program website by clicking here.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.