Prosecutors probe Newark police shooting that killed 1, critically injured another

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Prosecutors are investigating a shooting during a police pursuit in Newark that resulted in an officer fatally shooting one man and critically injuring another.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says a grand jury will be presented with the case following a review of the shooting, which occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Prosecutors say a preliminary investigation indicates that Newark police tried to stop a vehicle, but the driver didn't stop. They say "shots were fired by one police officer at three separate locations."

The two suspects shot by the officer, 35-year-old Andrew Dixon and 46-year-old Gregory Griffin, both of Newark, were taken to University Hospital.

Prosecutors say that Griffin died from his injuries Tuesday afternoon. Dixon remained in critical condition, according to officials.

A loaded semi-automatic handgun was found in the vehicle, according to officials.

Prosecutors say use of force is taken seriously and their professional standards bureau will review the evidence carefully.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

 

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