N.J. man who killed wife, self, was hospitalized twice for depression — (Updated Jan 16, 2019)

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New Jersey.com

Murder-suicide in Carlstadt

CARLSTADT – The man who fatally shot his wife on their lawn last week before killing himself during a police standoff had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital at least twice in 2015 and once tried to kill himself by overdose, according to police records.

Authorities have not commented on why the suicidal man was able to obtain a firearm.

Sabia shot his wife, Michele, 44, to death about 6 p.m. July 6 in front of their house at 505 Union St. as the couple’s three children – ages 14, 11 and 9 – escaped by climbing over a backyard fence.

The unemployed baker then went back into the house and locked himself in, authorities said.

Police found Sabia several hours later inside the home dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.

According to police reports, Scott Sabia was taken to a hospital in March 2012 after taking 11 the anti-anxiety pills Lorazepam in an attempt to hurt himself. In January 2015, police were called to the couple’s home after Scott threatened suicide during an argument with Michele, according to the report.

Before his death, Scott Sabia wrote on Facebook: “I’m good for a while but then something happens and a switch turns off somewhere and all I’m left with is the darkness of my mind.”