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Former Caldwell Cop, Wife Shot Dead at Home

Chester and Rosaria Andraka found Monday morning in Parsippany.

A former Caldwell police officer and his wife were found shot to death in their Parsippany home Monday morning, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Chester Andraka, 46, and his wife, Rosaria Andraka, 43, were both found shot to death in their Medford Road home Monday at about 10 a.m., according to a statement released by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Chester "Chet" Andraka, who worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University, was a former Det./Sgt. with the Caldwell and Essex County police departments, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Andraka was a part-time adjunct instructor at FDU, according to the university.

Rosaria Andraka was also employed at FDU as an advisor and the honors program administrator, according to her LinkedIn profile.

"The University is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of two employees, which happened off campus earlier today," according to a statement released by FDU. "The University is cooperating with local authorities. As this is a matter under police investigation, we ask members of the media to direct all questions to the Morris County Prosecutor’s office."

Caldwell Police declined to comment on Andraka's time on the borough's police force, but did confirm he retired from the department as a detective/sergeant in November 2009. 

Andraka joined the department in 1991 and retired with an annual pension of $67,015.32, according to a 2011 report from the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS). 

North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer, who knew Andraka and his wife, said Monday night he was shocked to hear the news of their deaths.

"All I can say is good things about Chet," Deuer said. "I’ve known him for many years. He was nothing but professional—nice, friendly, outgoing."

Andraka joined Novartis in 2012 after working as a contractor for the East Hanover company for two years, a spokesman told NJ.com.

In a Jan. 10 post below a photo of the couple, Chester Andraka wrote on his Facebook page, "my is wife simply gorgeous, more beautiful now than the day I met her."

Parsippany Police officers made the discovery during a welfare check after Chester Andraka did not arrive at work Monday morning, Knapp said.

When officers arrived at the home, the doors were locked but a body on a couch was seen through a window, Knapp said. Police broke open the door and found the bodies in the family room, Knapp said. The couple each sustained a gunshot wound, Knapp said.

The investigation remains ongoing and no further information was immediately available.

Medford Road was shut down Monday afternoon at the corner of Brooklawn Drive, not far from Route 202 as multiple agencies investigated the shooting.

According to Parsippany Officer Earl Kinsey, a spokesman for the department, authorities are "not looking for a suspect and there is no danger to the public."

Story updated at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Teresa Akersten also contributed to this story.

Jennifer Wright January 29, 2013 at 01:04 AM
IM SO SAD TO READ THIS TERRIBLE NEWS CHET WAS ALWAYS SUCH A STANDUP GUY AND POLICE OFFICER!!! MY HEART ACHES FOR HIS CHILDREN AND FAMILY
Hilda January 29, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Chet and Rose will surely be missed, they were "my kids." Chet always checked on me ...his favorite senior citizen, and I called him "my Baby!" I am so loss for words because there is really no words to speak of his dedication to his family and law enforcement. My sympathy goes out to Anna, Chris (lil Chet) and their family and the Caldwell Police Department. We spoke on the phone a couple of times and he always inquired about my health and if he needed to come by and do anything...what a gentle soul! I miss you two so much already!
Travis M Heller January 29, 2013 at 02:54 AM
I cant even believe this. I knew Chet for a good while and he was such a great guy!! He was always in such a good mood and so easy to talk to!! I always enjoyed talking to him any time i saw him in town. This is just to sad. My heart, and all my prayers go out to his entire family.
Jack Keenan January 29, 2013 at 06:12 AM
I am deeply saddened and shocked. Chet was a gentle and thoroughly decent man. My prayers for his family, friends, and for his colleagues at the Caldwell Police Department.
John O'Connor January 29, 2013 at 01:17 PM
This is very tragic. We pray for his Family and Friends and hope they can see the light in this time of darkness
Kimberly Wood January 29, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Very sorry to hear this. I remember Chet greeting everyone at the security gate at Novartis. Prayers to their family and friends.
steve kern February 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM
I was a classmatei and friend of chet's. I was so sadned to learn of this tragedy. my prayers go out to their friends and family

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