Bodycam footage from the moment a police officer in New Jersey killed a suspect in the head during a chase was released when he was charged Tuesday for aggravated manslaughter.
Newark Police Department officer Jovanny Crespo (26) is repeatedly told the law enforcement vehicle driver that he shot Gregory Griffin (46), whose 35-year-old passenger Andrew Dixon was seriously injured in the January 28 incident.
The male police joined the chase after a female officer reported a gun in the vehicle via radio during a traffic stop on Clinton Avenue and Thomas Street.
However, the suspect left in the car and caused a number of patrol vehicles to go after him around 11.20 am.
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Newark Police Department officer Jovanny Crespo (left), 26, was charged with six points on Tuesday, including aggravated manslaughter after shooting Gregory Griffin (right), 46
While Crespo constantly instructs the police driver to stop the car so he can go outside and reach the suspect, the other officer continues to tell him to relax while breathing loudly.
Crespo is seen by shooting directly at the suspicious car and entering the dark tinted window on the driver's side.
During the many attempts to stop the vehicle and jump at different intersections, Crespo tells his partner Hector Ortiz: & # 39; I shot him, friend. & # 39;
& # 39; Bro, he pointed the gun at me, & # 39; says Griffin – who had worked for the police for about 18 months at the time – back in the vehicle.
After leaving the police car again and flying around in the car, Crespo tells his colleague that he not only shot the fleeing suspect but also his passenger.
The male police joined the chase after a female officer reported a gun in the vehicle via radio during a traffic stop on Clinton Avenue and Thomas Street
Crespo is seen by shooting directly at the suspicious car and entering the dark tinted window on the driver's side
None of the other officers released their weapons. A shot can be seen in the car window
He says: & # 39; I shot him in the head & # 39; and & # 39; I shot them both & # 39 ;.
Officers from other cars are seen pulling Passenger Dixon out of the car when Crespo demands that he and Griffin get out. But Griffin remains motionless and Dixon struggles as they pull him up.
Griffin died in the hospital the next day.
His young daughter & # 39; cries for him every day & # 39 ;, Griffin father, Alphonso Whitaker, told WABC TV adding to his son & # 39; did not deserve & # 39; to die.
Dixon was accused of illegal possession of weapons.
State Prosecutor Essex, Theodore Stephens, says there was no substantial risk of injury to innocent people when they finally stopped at 54 Irvine Turner Boulevard and therefore didn't need Crespo to have shot Dixon and Griffin in the head.
None of the other officers released their weapons. No officers were injured.
Crespo tells his partner: & # 39; I shot him, brother & # 39; and & # 39; Bro, he pointed the gun at me & # 39;
On bodycam, Crespo says to a colleague: & # 39; I shot him in the head & # 39; and & # 39; I shot them both & # 39;
& # 39; It is the state's attitude that the behavior of this officer was criminal that night & # 39 ;, said a statement on Wednesday. & # 39; He showed a reckless disregard for human life by shooting in a moving vehicle, a vehicle with heavily tinted windows. This is the first ill-fated police-involved shooting that has resulted in a recent indictment in Essex County. & # 39;
Crespo was charged Tuesday with aggravated manslaughter, severe assault, two counts of possession of weapons for an unlawful purpose and two graves of official misconduct.
If he is convicted on all six points, he can be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Crespo was suspended in February without payment. He was detained on Tuesday.
The Newark Fraternal Order of Police president, James Stewart Jr., told NJ.com: "The Newark FOP fully supports him and his family and we look forward to the next step in this process, which will be a courtroom, where a jury hears the full story of what happened that night, not just a part of the events. & # 39;
Anyone with information about the incident can call the Essex County of Professional Standards office at 1-862-520-3700.
Officers from other cars are seen pulling passenger Dixon out of the car when Crespo demands that he and Griffin get off
Griffin remains motionless and Dixon struggles while they work him on the street
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