New Jersey Cop Charged With Manslaughter In Shooting Death Of Motorist
A New Jersey police officer has been accused of shooting and killing a motorist. He has been charged with manslaughter.
Officer Jovanny Crespo, 26, has been charged following a grand jury indictment on six counts, including aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault, in the shooting death of Gregory Griffin, 46.
Griffin was killed on Jan. 29 after he and a passenger were shot in their vehicle as it tried to escape from police.
NBC news reports that Crespo was with the department for less than two years. He is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.
Bodycam footage of the incident, released Tuesday night, shows Crespo jumping out of his moving cruiser three times to fire at the vehicle, ultimately killing Gregory C. Griffin.
Griffin allegedly had a handgun in his vehicle. Officer Hector Ortiz was driving with Crespo during the chase. Crespo is said to have jumped out and shot at the car before jumping back in and ordering Ortiz to drive faster.
“Relax! Relax bro!” Ortiz can be heard saying in the video. He tries to stop Crespo, but, he gets out and shoots again.
When the car finally came to a stop, Griffin was found with a gunshot wound to his head and the passenger, Andrew Dixon, 35, was shot in the face.
Crespo could face life in prison and it isn’t clear if he has been granted bail.