Suspect in Newark officer's death pleads not guilty

A 19-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Newark police officer .Rasul McNeill-Thomas faces first-degree

NEWARK - A 19-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Newark police officer .

Rasul McNeill-Thomas faces first-degree murder charges in the death of officer William Johnson.

McNeill-Thomas also is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, carjacking conspiracy and weapons offenses. Police believe a second suspect was the shooter. No one else has been arrested.

The 16-year police veteran was waiting for his order at a neighborhood pizza place when he was shot. Two other people were wounded.

McNeill-Thomas remains in the Essex County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

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