Death Investigation

INFORMATION RELEASE (1)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EVENT #20-18321


This morning, 09/01/2020, just after 5:40 a.m., officers were sent to a residence in the area of Murphy Road and Highway 35 for a report of a burglary in progress.

When officers arrived, they met with the resident and were told the 48-year-old Trent Gerard Cerrito, the decedent, entered the residence unannounced and started a disturbance. Another male inside the house confronted Cerrito and a physical confrontation ensued. Cerrito was struck in the neck with a machete. Based on the severity of the injury, it appears he died immediately following the machete strike.

This investigation remains ongoing, and we aren’t prepared to release any additional details at this time. As more information becomes available, we will share it here.

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As with all rapidly evolving events, the information shared is subject to change or correction. When new information becomes available or a correction/update is needed, those updates will append to this original release.

**Updated: 09/3/2020 to insert decedent’s name.