Newark police officer who fatally shot fleeing driver indicted by grand jury

A Newark police officer has been indicted in connection with an incident in January in which two men fleeing police were shot, one fatally.

An Essex County grand jury charged 26-year-old Jovanny Crespo with six counts. including aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault and official misconduct.

On Jan. 28, 35-year-old Andrew Dixon and 46-year-old Gregory Griffin were stopped by an officer in the area of Clinton Avenue and Thomas Street.

When the officer tried to ask Griffin questions he pulled away, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens.

He said the investigation revealed there was a handgun in the car.

A number of police cars gave chase. At three separate locations, Crespo fired shots at the car, Stephens said.

Both men in the car were shot in the head. Griffin died the next day. Dixon survived but was seriously injured.

Prosecutors say Crespo showed a reckless disregard for human life by shooting into a moving vehicle that had heavily tinted windows.

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