VIDEO: Officer Facing Manslaughter Charges For Shooting At Gunman During Pursuit

Newark Police Officer Jovanny Crespo was indicted for a shooting that occurred during a police chase.

Newark, NJ – A police officer is facing six felony charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life after a wild police chase through the streets of Newark (video below).

The incident occurred on Jan. 28 after a female Newark police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Gregory Griffin, FOX News reported.

The officer put it out over the radio that Griffin had fled the traffic stop and that he had a gun, and a pursuit began that involved multiple police cars.

Newark Police Officer Jovanny Crespo, 26, was one in one of the police cars that responded, according to FOX News.

Authorities recently released his bodycam video from the incident.

The video showed Officer Crespo was a passenger and his partner was driving when they joined the chase and then encountered the suspect vehicle.

Officer Crespo tried to jump out to engage the suspect, but the car took off again.

So Officer Crespo and his partner rejoined the pursuit and then the video showed Officer Crespo told his partner, who was driving, to cut off the black suspect vehicle they were following.

“Get in front of it,” Officer Crespo ordered his partner.

When they caught up with Griffin less than a minute later, Officer Crespo jumped out of the police car and ran around the back of it to get to the suspect vehicle, the video showed.

But the suspect vehicle took off before he could get there.

Officer Crespo fired two shots at the back of the retreating vehicle, the video showed.

“Shots fired! Shots fired!” the officer called out and then jumped back into the patrol unit as his partner pulled up next to him.

They followed Griffin’s car until they caught up with it again.

Officer Crespo tried to jump out of his moving police vehicle before it stopped and earned a rebuke from his partner, who told him several times to “relax,” the video showed.

Then the police car stopped beside, and slightly in front of, the suspect vehicle and Officer Crespo jumped out of the car right next to the driver’s door.

The suspect vehicle fled again, and once again, Officer Crespo opened fire, first at the driver’s side car windows and then at the back of the fleeing vehicle, the video showed.

Then the video showed he jumped back into his police unit as his partner took off in pursuit of the black car, yet again.

“I think I shot him,” Officer Crespo told his partner. “I seen a gun.”

“Relax, relax, relax,” his partner told him.

“He pointed a gun at me. Bro, he pointed the gun right at me,” Officer Crespo said.

About that time, they caught up with car they were chasing, again, and Officer Crespo wanted to jump out. But his partner wouldn’t slow down and stop for him immediately, the video showed.

“He’s gonna hop out,” he warned the officer driving.

Seconds later, the video showed Officer Crespo opened his door while the car was still moving and yelled “stop” at his partner.

His partner stopped the car and Officer Crespo jumped out and ran up to the suspect vehicle, approaching it on the passenger side, the video showed.

“Stop the car,” Officer Crespo yelled as he approached.

In the video, it looked as if the passenger’s door was already open and then the passenger attempted to pull it closed, just as Officer Crespo opened fire for a third time in two-and-a-half minutes.

He fired two shots, one of which passed through the passenger’s window into the car, the video showed.

Then Officer Crespo pulled open the passenger’s door and ordered the passenger to get out of the car.

Other officers swarmed the car and assisted in pulling 35-year-old Andrew Dixon out of the passenger seat, the video showed.

Griffin, behind the wheel, didn’t appear to be moving in the video.

In the chaos that ensued, bodycam picked up Officer Crespo as he told fellow officers “I shot him in the head” and “I shot both of them.”

Both Griffin and Dixon were shot in the head, FOX News reported.

Griffin died the next day and Dixon remains hospitalized and “not in good shape,” prosecutors told NBC News.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Police found a loaded handgun inside the car, and Dixon has been charged with possession of an illegal gun, The New York Times reported.

Officer Crespo, who has been with the Newark Police Department for less than two years, was the only officer who fired a weapon during the chase, FOX News reported.

“It is the state’s position that this officer’s conduct that night was criminal,” Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens told reporters during a press conference to announce the indictment on May 21. “He showed a reckless disregard for human life by shooting into a moving vehicle, a vehicle which had heavily tinted windows.”

The New Jersey Attorney General’s use-of-force policy says that officers can use deadly force to prevent the escape of a fleeing suspect if the suspect “will pose an imminent danger of death of serious bodily harm should the escape succeed,” FOX News reported.

It also says the officers can only do so if it “presents no substantial risk of injury to innocent persons.”

A grand jury indicted Officer Crespo and he was charged with aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and two counts of official misconduct, FOX News reported.

The officer was taken into custody on May 21 and held in the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, according to NBC News.

Watch the pursuit as it unfolded in the video below:

Comments (23)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

So the fleeing suspects hold no responsibility in any of this? I'm just asking. 🤔

DoingWhatsRight
DoingWhatsRight

The officer stated they pointed the gun at him. He pursued and shot knowing he would be shot. The police officer is charged with a crime. Judicial system is f*cked up big time. I hope the real criminals die.

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Police, nationwide, need to simply stop policing untill this bias against them subsides... just my opinion...

JBo
JBo

It sounds a bit like Crespo was really "wired" and possibly let his adrenalin overtake caution and reasoning. IMHO.

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

The real crime is the loss of an incredibly talented and fearless cop.

How many future victims are pending now that he is off the force?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

What's the problem? Two dirtbags removed from society saving taxpayer's bookoo bucks housing them for however long!

AJG212
AJG212

I hope there is more to this than is being reported! Twice he told the car to stop and it drove towards to him. The Officer clearly said he pointed the gun at me. I thought the Garner standard was a violent fleeing felon with imminent danger to others. Violent (Check), Fleeing (Check), felon(Check), imminent danger to others (Check) why is he not getting a commendation? There has to be something else that is not being reported. Was he pumped up? Yes, his partner kept saying relax but I don't know the partner or his mannerism. I would really like to read the full investigation. I just hope Newark is not a department that throws their officer under the bus for political reason.

tfort
tfort

Crespo was out of his mind. Good thing he is not on the streets anymore.

gfc1963
gfc1963

What a load of rubbish!! Don't run from the cops and you won't get shot. Hope he gets off.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Seems to me he was just doing his job. Hopefully he is aquitted.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Walking up to a heavily tinted car in the daytime is "dangerous." Doing so in the pitch of night, when another cop states an occupant has a firearm is ... simply stupid! Crespo repeatedly inserted himself into harm's way, yet was not the subject of a hostile person who was pointing or shooting a firearm, and thus chose, without justification, to fire shots into complete blackness.

As for Crespo's partner ... he'll have to live with this mess and will no doubt wish to his dying day he had just backed off the chase enough to prevent Crespo from exiting the cruiser.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

The presence of a gun aside, fleeing from the police at a high rate of speed in an urban setting “will pose an imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm should the escape succeed,”. The DA got his "ham sandwich" from the grand jury. Let's hope the trial jury has better sense.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Bullshit. Plain bullshit.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Part of the current mania for police officers shooting at moving vehicles.

Gerne
Gerne

Fire discipline requires intelligence. Police don't qualify.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Seems like Crespo needed to “relax” like his partner told him!

new2lv2
new2lv2

I believe Crespo was justified. However, in democratic leftist states like New Jersey, the police will always be wrong if their they don't offer hugs and hand jobs to violent felons in the commission of a crime. So I guess in that case Crespo was wrong because he actually prevented innocent bystanders from becoming victims of vehicular homicide. How dare Crespo not treat the violent felons running from police as if they were the victims. How is this the world today? WTF is wrong with you government Officials? Why in F' are prosecuting cops and not criminals?

PD62rocks
PD62rocks

In my opinion, Crespo did his job. Yeah, his adrenaline was running high. I think anybody's would be. The guy had a gun; he pointed it at the officer and then continued to flee. PC to shoot. Crespo should be getting a commendation and a raise.