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Ringwood Man Shot Ex-Girlfriend Dead, Authorities Charge

Degroat posted this photo of him and Sierra on Facebook on Monday.
Degroat posted this photo of him and Sierra on Facebook on Monday. Photo Credit: FACEBOOK photo
Clinton J. Degroat
Clinton J. Degroat Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR
The shooting occurred on Van Dunk Lane, responders said.
The shooting occurred on Van Dunk Lane, responders said. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

RINGWOOD, N.J. -- A 38-year-old Ringwood man killed his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun blast through a glass door late Wednesday, authorities said.

Clinton J. Degroat was charged with murder and weapons offenses, among other counts, in the killing of Nicole Sierra, also 38, just before midnight Thursday, Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Ringwood Police Chief Joseph J. Walker said.

He was ordered held in the Passaic County Jail pending a hearing, they said.

Minutes before midnight, Degroat, who had a previous dating relationship with Sierra, "appeared" at her Van Dunk Lane home, Valdes and Walker said in a release.

Following an argument with "a male visitor" there, they alleged, Degroat "left the home and returned with a shotgun."

Degroat then fired "through the glass door of her house," they wrote.

A shotgun was recovered nearby and Degroat was arrested, the chief and prosecutor added.

Valdes asked that anyone with additional information about the incident to contact her office on its confidential line at 1-877-370PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org .

Or call Ringwood police: (973) 962-7017 .

ORIGINAL STORY (Wednesday night):

RINGWOOD, N.J. -- Ringwood police late Wednesday responded to a shooting in what sources said might have been a domestic incident.

A medical chopper was being summonsed for the victim, who was shot in the back on around 11:30 p.m. and critically injured, responders said.

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