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US Dressage Olympian charged with two counts of attempted murder

The conditions were great on day two of the jumping in Rio - Photo Credit Eric Knoll

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Michael Barisone was charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly shooting a female rider at his equestrian facility in New Jersey. Barisone was also charged with two weapon counts.

The victim of the shooting was identified as Lauren Kanarek, who was living at the property at the time with her fiancé. Kanarek was in serious but stable condition after the altercation.

Kanarek had warned her family and friends of the potential danger that she was in via her Facebook page.

Kanarek wrote “I’m being bullied by a 6-foot-3-inch man”. “Bullied to the point I’m afraid. It’s very complicated - I’m not sure what I can say on here - but it seems as if Safe Sport was created exactly for this reason.”

The official statement from Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Jeffrey Almer of the Washington Township Police Department announced the charges.

“At approximately 2:13 p.m. on August 7, police received a 9-1-1 call requesting service at 411 West Mill Road for a female with gunshot wounds,” the statement said. “Washington Township Police responded to the scene and located one female who had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.

“The defendant, Michael Barisone, and a second male victim were also located at the scene. A handgun was also recovered.

“As a result of the investigation into this incident, the defendant was charged with two counts of attempted murder, crimes of the first degree, and two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, crimes of the second degree.”






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