Press Release


For Immediate Release:

February 8, 2022

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced that NICHOLAS PAGANO (DOB: 01/20/1991; single; nurse) of 968 Kings Highway, Apt X16, West Deptford, NJ was found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Waterford Township, NJ. NICHOLAS PAGANO was wanted on charges of attempted murder, aggravated arson, aggravated assault, and unlawful weapons possession.

On Monday, February 7, 2022, at approximately 5:15 a.m., the Hackensack Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a Hackensack University Medical Center (“HUMC”) employee on a report of an assault at the hospital. Hackensack Police responded to the hospital, where they learned that a 54-year-old HUMC employee had been attacked and burned by another individual in a break room, and that the attacker had fled the hospital.

The victim suffered third-degree burns over her upper body, face and hands, as well as a laceration to her head that required stitches. She was treated in the emergency room at HUMC and subsequently transported to another medical facility where she remains in stable condition.

An investigation conducted by detectives from the Hackensack Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit revealed that NICHOLAS PAGANO burned the victim and struck the victim with a wrench. As a result of the investigation, on Monday, February 7, 2022, NICHOLAS PAGANO was charged with attempted murder and other offenses. At approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, law enforcement learned that PAGANO was found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Waterford Township, NJ.

Prosecutor Musella would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Hackensack Police Department, West Deptford Police Department, Hammonton Police Department, Waterford Township Police Department, Winslow Township Police Department, State Park Police of New Jersey, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.